It’s officially the Holiday Season! And if you’re anything like me… then you know the value of a good old-fashioned homemade gift. Homemade ferments are a unique gift that is sure to be appreciated by all your foodie friends. Most ferments can last outside of the fridge long enough to be unwrapped and enjoyed. Just be sure to stick a note in your card letting everyone know that it’s best to keep things refrigerated so that they will last.
If you’re uncertain what ferments make good gifts, here are a few ideas to get you started.
Seriously… who doesn’t love fermented vegetables? Whether you choose something simple, like a jar of sauerkraut, or a more exotic kimchi, it’s sure to be loved. My favourites are my Grandma’s pickles recipe and fermented cocktail onions. They both have a level of sass and sophistication that simply must not be missed.
Marinated Cheese Balls
All cheese is good… even vegan cheese. However, cheese balls are amazing. You can spread them on crackers, bread or vegetable slices. They look so pretty in a canning jar and would definitely make a great gift for any cheese lover.
I love grainy mustard. I love homemade hot sauce. I love zucchini relish, apple chutney and salsa. You really can’t go wrong with gifting condiments. This year I’m handing out jars of nasturtium capers and savoury plum sauce for my holiday gifts.
A homemade fermented fruit wine would make a very traditional gift. Don’t feel like you need to be bounded by that. Giving someone a flip-top bottle filled with a seasonally inspired kombucha or water kefir would definitely make your friends and family smile. And if you don’t have a SCOBY living in your house, make some ginger ale! Just be sure to keep these bottles in the refrigerator because a bubbly explosion is not the right kind of surprise. 😉
Meanwhile, my holiday gift to you, my lovely readers, is in the works. I have been playing around with my sourdough again… and I have some amazing recipes coming your way!