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DIY Liqueurs for Holiday Gifting

Many people enjoy receiving a bottle of a nice liqueur as  a holiday gift. When it's handmade, it makes it both delicious and personal. Here's a bunch of our favorite DIY liqueurs perfect for gifting. 

Citric Liqueurs:

Limoncello, found on PunkDomestics.com
The classic lemon liqueur of southern Italy is a ray of sunshine during the dark winter months. It's easy to make, too.
Crema di Limoncello, found on PunkDomestics.com
Crema di Limoncello 
Or try this twist on the classic Italian lemon liqueur, with cream and vanilla. The cream mellows the sweetness and gives it a richer mouthfeel.
Arancello, found on PunkDomestics.com
Citrus liqueurs are not limited to lemon. Try it with oranges, be they standard navels or sanguine blood oranges.
Orange Liqueur, found on PunkDomestics.com
Orange Liqueur 
Triple sec, Gran Marnier, Cointreau ... try your hand at making orange liqueur at home, and give your margaritas a DIY zing.
Vin d'Orange, found on PunkDomestics.com
Vin d'Orange 
Vin d'Orange, a bitter liquor made with Seville oranges, is easy to prepare, requiring the mixing of a few ingredients and allowing it to sit for two weeks to allow the spices and orange zest to infuse the wine and vodka.
Whatevercello, found on PunkDomestics.com
Think outside the lemon box and make liqueurs from whatever citrus you like -- bergamots, grapefruits, pomelos, and kumquats all work great.
Grapefruit Bitters, found on PunkDomestics.com
Grapefruit Bitters 
Mix the natural bitterness of grapefruit with spices like pink peppercorn, cardamom or juniper to make an intriguing bitters that enhances many cocktails.

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Review: Blue Chair Cooks with Jam and Marmalade

Review: Blue Chair Cooks with Jam and Marmalade, found on PunkDomestics.com

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Among the very excellent DIY food books that have come out this year, there's one I am particularly excited about. Rachel Saunders' inaugural book, The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook, is absolutely my go-to cookbook for jams, jellies and preserves. Saunders' recipes are no-fail, generally focusing on single-fruit preserves, often accentuated with a single enhancing flavor. She also relies on maceration to create jams with a natural set that requires no added pectin even for low-pectin fruits like strawberries. 

With her follow-up book, Blue Chair Cooks with Jam & Marmalade, Saunders takes on what to do with the open jar, integrating jams, jellies and marmalades into everyday dishes. Breakfasts and desserts are the low-hanging fruit (so to speak), and there's plenty of ideas here, but the best aha moments come from her applications of jams to savory dishes. 

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Chestnuts Old and New

When Jack Frost comes nipping at your nose, break out the chestnuts. Here's a few ways to use them beyond simply enjoying them by the fireside.

Chestnut Jam
Chestnut Jam
Creamy, sweet and rich, chestnut jam harkens back to early American traditions. From Auburn Meadow Farm.

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Seriously Last-Minute DIY Food Gifts

Wait, Christmas is when? Don't panic. If your canning pantry is paltry, there's still time to bang out a few DIY food gifts that will delight your giftee. Best of all, each of these can be done in mere hours, requiring ingredients that are readily available this time of year.

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Happy Homesteading Holidays

Even the most hardcore DIYer needs a little assist now and then. There are tools that make our work feasible, or at least easier. Or maybe you know someone who's just getting in to the game, and you want to give them a starter kit. No matter what your reasons, this is an excellent season to stock up on the goods that we'll reach for again and again when summer's bounty bursts upon us. Best of all, our pals at FARMcurious are offering a discount to all Punk Domestics readers!

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Gift Guide: DIY Tools

For the more hardcore DIY enthusiast in your life, here's a selection of tools that are sure to make them squeal with glee when they see them under the tree. (Disclosure: Contains affiliate links from which I may derive revenue.)
Roma Electric Tomato Strainer
Roma Electric Tomato Strainer
This one tool made (relatively) short work of 200 pounds of tomatoes, allowing us to can our biggest batch ever. Read the review to see why this tool is a godsend to serious preservers.
Milwaukee Instruments pH Tester
Milwaukee Instruments pH Tester
For the canner who likes to tinker with recipes, this tool ensures that you're working well within safe acidity levels. Inexpensive and easy to use, this tool makes a great stocking stuffer.

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Gift Guide: Cool Jar Accessories

Jars are good for more than just canning. Here's a few accessories that turn jars into fermentation crocks, drinking vessels and handy kitchen tools.
Small-Batch Lactofermentation Kits
Small-Batch Lactofermentation Kits
A few new small-batch fermentation kits have entered the market, each with a unique angle designed to make home fermentation easy. Each of these kits is practical and useful, and can be used nearly interchangeably. These are great both for first-time and experienced fermenters.

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Gift Guide: Apparel and Mercantile

From tees to tea towels, here's a short list of our favorite soft goods for giving this season.
Punk Domestics Apparel
Punk Domestics apparel 
Choose from our family-friendly Yes, I Can tees, or go cheeky with women's Can panties or men's Pickle boxers. Talk about stocking stuffers!

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