DIY Foodie Christmas Gifts
Let's give it up for homemade Christmas presents! Are they not the best things ever, or what? Seriously, keep the big box store junk and just give me a bottle of homemade sriracha, or a bag of granola, or some flavoured sea salts, or a jar of homemade thyme and beer mustard, or, or, or ….
So far from this list we've made the sriracha, the hot buttered rum mix, the vanilla, the preserved lemons and the bacon jam (that's mine!). This year we're going to try a few others here – I can't tell you exactly which ones though or it will ruin the surprise on Christmas morning, but they will be from this list. Mom, dad, sister, brother: please read no further. 🙂
If there's a special someone on your list who loves food make them one of these foodie Christmas gifts this year. They will love you for for it!
This is one of the gifts my handsome man made for his family for Christmas last year. Since then we've made it twice more. This stuff is amazing.
I can't decide which one I like best but, like my good friend Trevor always says, “if you can't decide, buy both.” Or in this case, make both.
Here's a step by step tutorial on how to make nut butters, both plain and flavoured. The ones that I want to try are Roasted Almond Butter, Spiced Maple Pecan Butter and Homemade Nutella.
I made this a few years ago as a stocking stuffer for my mom and sister and it was absolutely out of this world delicious. My sister asked me for the recipe this year so I'm crossing my fingers there'll be some waiting for me when I go home for the holidays.
This is another one of the homemade Christmas gifts my handsome man for his family last year. We've still got a bottle left and it is absolutely amazing. We never did get around to straining it and it still works and tastes great.
If you know anyone who likes their popcorn (me!) I think this would be a great gift. It's a toss up between the Smoked Curried Seasoning and the Cheesy Garlic.
Ever since I was a kid hot pepper jelly has been my fav. I know I know, I was a weird kid. I picked up a big bag of habaneros at the market today for $1 and lots of them are destined to this delicious future.
Compound butter is really just a fancy pants name for flavoured butter. There are 5 different recipes here including Orange Zest Tarragon and Dijon Butter and Caramelized Shallot and Cognac Butter.
I've been eyeing up this recipe for months now and I think Christmas is the perfect excuse to give it a go. It takes 2-3 weeks to infuse so if you'll be making this for Christmas you'll want to get started on it asap.
Kimchi is either a love or hate it kinda thing. Me: I love it. In the comments on this post you'll read that kimchi reaches its prime fermentation levels after 2 weeks but can be stored in the fridge indefinitely.
This is on the list to make for at least a few peeps this year. I mean really, is a bowl of granola with a big scoop of thick Greek yogurt over top not one of the best things ever or what?
I love using flavoured salts to finish a dish but often forget just how easy they are to make. I was given a smoked sea salt the other day by a client of mine and it was seriously such a great gift. These ones here are Red Wine, Rosemary Lemon and Sriracha Lime Sea Salts. They all sound incredible.
Preserved lemons are one of my favourite things. I picture tying a little card around the lid with some suggestions about how to use them.
This would make the perfect Christmas gift for anyone who loves bacon, and since everyone loves bacon this would be perfect for everyone. It'll keep for a couple weeks in the fridge, but trust me, it won't last that long.