Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Great DIY Food Gifts for the Holidays

When the biggest gift-giving holidays of the year are fast approaching, many of us start suffering from the same stressful question: What to give to that person who has everything? Well, we at the Sausage Maker love being the bearers of good news, so here’s some now:

Everyone eats food. And if you’re reading this blog, chances are you’ve got at least a touch of the DIY bug in you, so you’re in luck. DIY food gifts almost never fail to impress even the most discerning gift recipient (assuming everything comes out tasting right), and we’ve got a
Kit: $59.99 at the Sausage Maker
few ideas as to how you can make your own edible gifts to be enjoyed over the holidays or any time of year. The best part is that these DIY foods can usually be made in large batches, so you can handle all your gift-giving dilemmas in one fell swoop.

The cold-weather holidays, from Thanksgiving all the way to New Year’s, are joyous occasions meant for celebrating with friends and family. What better way to celebrate than with an ice-cold beer? Or even better, a beer, wine or cider (or perhaps something a little stronger) that’s been handmade with love? Pre-assembled kits are great for beginners, but if you’re looking to take your craft to the next level, try experimenting with new ingredients. Cranberries, oranges and pears are all in season in winter, and switching up the hop variety in a tried-and-true recipe can add a new twist as well. Give away bombers and enjoy them with the boys while you’re watching the Christmas day game, or while you’re listening to Aunt Eleanor tell her favorite story for the umpteenth time. Just remember to drink responsibly!

Perhaps giving everyone a good buzz this holiday season isn’t quite your style. For an edible gift that’s both versatile and unexpected, consider making something that comes pickled and in an easy-to-wrap jar. With a fermentation kit, you can make homemade pickles, kimchi, sauerkraut, okra and countless other tasty snacks your family and friends
Kit: $24.99 at the Sausage Maker
can enjoy. They’ll love the unorthodox foods you’ll be able to make, and they’ll appreciate you considering their health. The bacteria produced by fermentation has been shown to 
contribute to healthy digestion and very happy tummies. Overall, a real win-win for everyone involved.

By far our favorite DIY food idea for this holiday season is homemade summer sausage. It’s cured, fermented for tanginess and full of flavors that are great for cold weather—don’t let the name fool you. Summer sausage is a perfect complement to cheese, crackers and wine for your recipients who love putting together a good charcuterie sampler. Perhaps you have a friend or family member who’s never had a homemade summer sausage before. If it’s coming from you, the family sausage expert, they’ll be happy to dig in!

This holiday season, we’re making summer sausage gifting extra fun with our new Christmas-themed sausage casings. They come in bundles of five and three festive designs. These casings aren’t edible, but they do look great under the tree or decorating the hors d’oeuvre table at a holiday party. For seasoning, you can’t go wrong with a classic summer sausage blend. Our spice selection even lets you put a new twist on your favorite recipe, and you can gift our seasonings too once your newly converted summer sausage-loving relative has fallen in love with the taste.

$4.99/pack at the Sausage Maker

Visit us on Facebook to tell us all about your favorite holiday food gifts and traditions. And from all of us at the Sausage Maker, have a safe and happy holiday season!

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