I wanted to come up with my own dehydrated chili recipe to package as part of a Christmas gift for loved ones. I have a large family and wanted to do something equal for everyone and personalized from me! Who doesn't love coming in from the cold to something hot & spicy? It turned out surprisingly delicious and can be kept for quite a while.
Step 1: Contain yourself
I first had to search for the perfect jar. I came across a line of pasta sauces with awesome jars that show ounce count on the side, fell in love with them, and started collecting. I started this project in November since I had to collect so many. An easy way to get the label off is to fill the jar with hot water, then gently drop it into a sink of hot water. It will loosen on its own usually, and practically fall off. To remove any remaining gumminess, rubbing alcohol does the trick nicely. As the jars are soaking, start scrubbing the lids lightly to roughen them up for a coat of paint.