Learn how to make a Purim Food Basket. Mishloach Manot (Hebrew) or Slach Manos (Yiddish) literally means "sending portions" and refers to the food baskets given on Purim. Jewish law says to give two different types of ready-to-eat food, each of which require a different blessing, to at least one person on Purim.
Time Required: 3-4 hours
- Recipient List
Make a list of all the people to whom you want to send a basket. Think of people in your neighborhood, members of your synagogue, your children's school friends, and so on. Don't forget your extended family!
- Basket List
Make a list of what items you want to put into the food basket. Popular items are fruit or dried fruit, nuts, a small bottle of grape juice or wine, hamantashen or other baked goods, and candies.
Decide what kind of container you want to use. Baskets can be simple like a paper plate wrapped in cellophane or fancy like a pretty glass bowl.
Make "Happy Purim from the (your family name) Family" cards for each basket. Distributing is easier when the cards are all the same. Children can participate in the mitzvah of mishloach manot by coloring the cards.
- Shopping List
Make a shopping list based on the above basket list. Remember to buy ingredients to prepare baked goods you want to include in the baskets. Remember to buy the containers themselves.
- Buy and Bake
Get all you need from the store and prepare any baked goods you want to include in the baskets.
- Assemble the Baskets
Children can help to fill the baskets. Always make a few extra baskets for those who will surprise you with a basket delivery.
- Deliver the Baskets
Baskets should be delivered on Purim. Costumed children make the best Purim basket deliverers.
- Deliver a basket to someone elderly, sick, or new to the neighborhood.
- You can be creative and give your baskets a theme. Peanuts, peanut butter cookies, and Reese cups. Grape juice, grape jelly, raisins, and grape flavored candy.
- Baskets do not have to be expensive. A small bottle of grape juice with a couple homemade cookies in a bag attached says "Happy Purim" just as well as a large container with a great variety of treats.