Give the delicious gift of summer this Christmas. As we are are gearing up to enjoy the summer months, stop and consider how they can help you gift this Christmas.
If you are anything like me, you end up with more garden produce than you can use. Even if you don't garden yourself, produce is plentiful and prices are low at your local Farmer's Market.
Consider canning extra- whether it is salsa, plain tomatoes, beans, applesauce, stew ingredients (just add meat!)- whatever you want to share. You already have it on hand anyway, all you need is a few jars and canning apparatus. This may not be the cheapest way to go if you don't already have a pressure canner on hand.
You could also freeze excess to be used to cook special treats in December.
Jams and jellies with a fresh loaf of bread or a fun recipe for bread could make a delicious and inexpensive gift basket.
During apple season, why not use a dehydrator to make some homemade apple chips? You could even give a gift basket made up solely of dehydrated food- fruits, veggies and beef jerky! Just plan now and make sure to seal everything in good quality foodsaver bags. Consider home made trail mix for any "outdoorsy" friends and family.
If you can make it, you can gift it.
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