I'd first made these spice bags during the life's a banquet art show I mentioned in October's In My Kitchen.
The aroma of the spice bags smells just like Christmas cake, mince pies, and pudding, oh my!
On the dinning table used as a place setting they fill the air with the promise of what is to come, plus the guests get to take home a memento of the event.
Spice bags can be used as car air fresheners or in wardrobes to keep clothes fresh and moth free. (I think moths hate cloves)
- Organza bags (my are 7cm x 10cm, but size is up to you)
- Whole spices: cinnamon, cardamom pods, cloves, star anise, nutmeg, all spice
- There is no specific quantity of each spice it is determined by personal preference
- Put spices in bag (I really can't make it any simpler)
- Tie off the organza bag. If the finished product will be around small children you may wish to sew up the bag to avoid a choking hazard.
- Organza bags are available from “$2 type” shops or eBay if you want to do large quantities.
- Spices must be whole and not ground; they are most affordable from Asian grocers or Indian spice stores.
- Some people with Asthma may be affected by strong aromas, always check for allergies.
- Be aware star anise may have sharp points if working with children.
- You can tell the fact sheet was full of OHS warnings!!
The concept has expanded this year with Emergency Christmas in a jar. Instead of breaking glass in an emergency, a quick off with the lid and the perfume of Christmas can relieve any stressful moment. Unless it is Christmas that is your stress and well in that case I have nothing except this 3 point plan:
- It's December 25 every year, the date doesn't change so don't wait to shop on Christmas eve
- Make the day just about what is special to you and yours
- Finally.....it's just a baked dinner, chillax
If you are handy you could drill holes in the lid of the jar to allow the aroma to escape (I'm not)
Cos we all need a little Christmas.......