The holiday season is also the gift-giving season. If you’re anything like me… then you know the value of a good old-fashioned homemade gift. Homemade fermented gifts are a unique and delicious way to share your love of fermentation with 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 25 delicious recipes that make excellent gifts.
Seriously… who doesn’t love fermented and pickled vegetables? Best of all, fermented vegetables are easy to make and probiotic! Here are a few of my favourite pickled vegetable recipes:
While the holidays are full ginger bread and candy canes, why not give something that is uniquely sugar-free and fermented!
- Torta di mele is an Italian apple, almond and honey cake that is absolutely amazing.
- Healthy red velvet cupcakes are made with beets, dates and chocolate.
- Rugelach is a buttery pastry filled with cream cheese, apples and walnuts.
Handmade treats can be naturally sweetened and probiotic.
- Probiotic truffles are so melt-in-your-mouth amazing.
- Vegan mincemeat is perfect with tarts or served as part of a cheeseboard.
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
Homemade Soda Pop
A flip-top bottle of homemade pop will definitely make your friends and family smile. Just be sure to keep these bottles in the refrigerator because a bubbly explosion is not the right kind of surprise.
- Cranberry ginger ale is perfect for anyone who doesn’t already make fermented sodas
- Cranberry Spice kombucha
- Christmas water kefir
If you’re into homebrewing, the why not make some seasonal bottles to share.
Homemade fresh cheeses are a unique gift that is always appreciated. Here’s a few simple recipes that can be made in just one afternoon.
Or take store-bought cheese and transform it into something special with these recipes:
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 with wheat, but only 2 days for a gluten free starter.
- Pain de Campagne is a rustic loaf of French bread
- Rustic gluten free sourdough bread is also vegan and lower carb than traditional breads.