Reaping Your Harvest

$1/1 Ball or Kerr Canning Jars & Cake in a Jar Ideas

Posted on: 09/10/2010

While attending an appointment with my oldest on Wednesday, I got to talking to a couple of military spouses who were discussing various cake recipes in which they were able to bake in the wide-mouth canning jars to send to their hubbies when they’re deployed. Upon asking various questions and being referred to, I began to think that this would definitely be something worth looking into, not only for times when Hubby deploys, but also as great Christmas gifts.

There have been many sales, recently, on baking items. Last week, Publix had Duncan Hines Cake Mixes BOGO, and this week the Duncan Hines Brownie Mixes on sale for $1ea..

Here’s the deal I worked for them:

Duncan Hines Brownie Mix, $1ea.
$1/2 Duncan Hines Products ~Publix Toss for Cash Booklet Store Coupon
$1/3 Duncan Hines Products ~Tearpad *Military coupons are treated as MFQs at Dorchester & Trolley Rd. stores
made them six (6) for $1

Although I baked a batch on last night for dessert, I’m sure there’s enough left to create a few jars for later.

For savings on the jars, head on over to to print your $1/1 coupons valid towards Ball or Kerr Canning Jars.

Here are the instructions:

Photo credit to Melissa B (El Paso, TX)

1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix (or whichever you prefer)
8 straight-sided wide-mouth pint canning jars with lids and rings

**Prepare the cake according to package instructions, or use any cake recipe.
**In pint size, straight-sided wide-mouth jars, put 1 cup of batter in each greased jar. Make sure to keep the rims of the jars clean. Put in preheated oven 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place jars on a cookie sheet to keep from tipping over while baking.
**Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean.
**While they are baking, have your jar lids boiling in a pan of water. When the cake is done, take one jar out at a time and add the hot lid and screw on your jar ring and let set and cool.
**It will seal as it cools. Place the jars on the counter and listen for them to ‘ping’ as they seal. If you miss the ‘ping’, wait until they are completely cool and press on the top of the lid. If it doesn’t move at all, it’s sealed.
**After it cools it will pull away from the jar and when you are ready to eat, open and pop out the cake and enjoy.
**Unsealed jars should be stored in the refrigerator and eaten within 2 weeks. Sealed jars may be stored in a freezer.

Instruction Credits to

If you have someone, whose birthday is coming up, or anything other type of celebration, these will be great.

Let me know if you’ve either tried them or plan to. Would love to hear some more personal experiences.


-thanks to my fellow military spouses who planted the seed


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Kay n Hubby FL
Hello and welcome! I am a military spouse & mom of four boys and two girls, ages 1 to 10, oldest diagnosed with autism. We're located in the Charleston, SC area. My family and my faith are very important to me. Since I've started using coupons I have been able to save more money and become a better steward of my household. I hope to seed into the general public, and our military families, how to spend less and get more.

Get ready to take your grocery & household spending to a whole new level! Couponing is not only a means to seed but an avenue to harvest...both opportunities are endless & a joy to delight in.

I welcome feedback and comments! Thank you again!


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