A Basket Full of Joy

On Purim, it’s customary to send to family and friends baskets or parcels of food and wine (called “Mishloach Manot” in Hebrew and “Shalach Manos” in Yiddish). Below are a few easy, but elegant tips for taking part in this tasty tradition:

  • For stylish containers, check out flea markets for vintage plates, baskets, or bowls, or use bargain dishware from a discount store. Once assembled with goodies, wrap with colored cellophane and secure with a ribbon (or a fresh flower tucked into a rubber band for a bit of springtime fancy)
  • Traditionally, the basket should include 2 different types of ready-to-eat foods. For a couple of nutty ideas, try making Nut Torte and Nut Cookies
  • Include something your friends and families may not have tried before. Two new product options to consider are Manischewitz Concord Grape Juice (purple)
  • Other food items to consider including are fruit, honey, olive oil, crackers, apple butter, tea, and wine.
  • To add life to the parcel, include a small bunch of fresh herbs or fresh flowers. To keep fresh, moisten a paper towel, wrap it around the bottom of the herbs or flowers, slip into a small plastic bag (or use your colored cellophane) and secure with a rubber band or ribbon
  • Keep a couple of extra assembled baskets on hand so you can reciprocate any “surprise” baskets you receive
  • Be sure to deliver a basket to someone who is elderly, sick or otherwise needy – an important part of the tradition. Encourage older children to deliver the basket dressed in their Purim costume to delight the recipient even more
  • Don’t forget to include a card so people will know it was you who sent such a lovely basket

Purim Shopping List

  • Candles
  • Challah (or ingredients to make own, such as yeast, sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, salt, flour)
  • Grape juice and/or Wine
  • Gefilte fish
  • Horseradish
  • Salad and salad dressing
  • Ingredients for first course, such as soup
  • Ingredients for main course
  • Ingredients for side dishes
  • Ingredients for dessert
  • Condiments
  • Cooking spray
  • Tea and coffee
  • Flowers for centerpiece
  • Items for food baskets, such as fruit, 8 oz grape juice, pilaf mixes, crackers, tea, apple butter