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.
Liqueurs can take days or even months to make, but a simple tea liqueur can be done in just a few hours. Try it with chai, genmai cha, Earl Grey, jasmine green or whatever tea is to your taste.
This deeply sweet and sour syrup is often found in Middle Eastern cooking and can be used in dressings, glazes, sauces and drinks. It's also ridiculously easy to make. (Or, for the cocktailian in your life, whip up some grenadine
DIY Garlic Powder
Many foodies look down on garlic powder as a stale, cheap substitute for the real thing. It's a shortcut for lazy cooks, goes this reasoning, but not something a serious chef would consider. But when you make your own, it's a revelation. Show your friends the light.
A sprinkle of high-quality salt can elevate any dish from so-so to sublime, but when that salt is infused with flavor, it takes it to a higher level still. Here's a few of our favorite finishing salts that are quick and easy to make, and make great gifts.
Sweet, savory, sumptuous and sometimes spicy, this porky condiment is a fantastic counterpart to burgers, eggs, or just slathered on toast. Here's a few variations.