The holiday season is also the season of gifts. 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 if it’s a ferment that should be kept in the fridge.
Here are a few fermented recipes that make excellent gifts.
1. Fermented Vegetables
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 cucumber pickles , Italian giardiniera and fermented cocktail onions.
2. Baked Treats
3. Chocolate Truffles
Seriously… handmade probiotic truffles… maybe it doesn’t waylay all the guilt involved in indulging in this delicious treat… but it helps! They are so melt-in-your-mouth amazing that it is a perfect gift.
I love fermented condiments. Here’s a few that make perfect gifts
- grainy mustard
- homemade hot sauce
- zucchini relish
- apple chutney
- nasturtium capers
- savoury plum sauce
5. Homemade Soda Pop
If you already make kombucha or water kefir, then flavour it with cranberry juice. A flip-top bottle of homemade pop will definitely make your friends and family smile. Or catch the ginger bug and make some cranberry ginger ale!
Just be sure to keep these bottles in the refrigerator because a bubbly explosion is not the right kind of surprise.
6. Alcoholic Beverages
7. Fresh Cheese
8. Sourdough Bread
A rustic loaf of sourdough bread is beautiful and delicious. If you’ve never made sourdough before, it takes about 5 days to catch a vigorous starter. Then follow these bakery techniques to make the perfect loaf of bread.