When packing up a meal to eat alfresco, the convenience of a single serve package is hard to resist – however – the additional cost and unnecessary trash is a turn off for me. Here are some earth-friendly ways to pack up single servings for a meal out in the open air…
Jello brand pudding prepared in 8 oz. Ball jars are a big hit with little ones.
You'll need a package of instant pudding, milk and six 8 oz. mason jars.
Let your child mix the ingredients - they love to help.
Pour equal amounts into 6 jars. Jane likes to add fresh mint from the garden and blackberries as a garnish. Add lids and let them set in the fridge.
With the addition of an unbleached, recycled paper towel (made by Seventh Generation) and a sustainable and compostable spoon (made by World Centric $3.99 for a pack of 24 at World Market) you've got an environmentally friendly package.
Wrapped up and ready to go.
Around here, we call these - "Jane's Jello Jars".
Pack up a cooler of "Jargaritas" - margaritas prepared in 12 oz. Ball jars. You can make these in advance - when you're ready to serve, just give them a shake and drink right out the jar. You could also serve iced tea or lemonade in these jars.
Fill each jar with your favorite margarita recipe, add ice, close jar with lid, give a good shake and serve.
You can get a package of Ball jars almost anywhere - I picked mine up at my local grocery store (Dominick's). A package of 12 jars is about $10.00.
Never underestimate the power of presentation – you’ll get quite a reaction when you serve these. Have fun with it!