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11 Gifts in Jars

| 11/5/2018 10:47:00 AM

Most of these gifts cost little to make and require only a bit of effort. But they look impressive. Jars are the little black dress of food—everything looks good in them.

"I'm So Organized I'm Starting These Now" Gifts 

Prepare these gifts in early November.

1. Vanilla Extract

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New batch of vanilla extract infusing

Start this as soon as possible. Here’s all you do: Split three vanilla beans, not quite to the top. Place in a jar. Pour in a cup of vodka, bourbon, brandy, rum or single-malt whiskey. Close the jar. Shake the jar every week or so. Your delicious vanilla extract is ready in about six weeks to two months. If you start this a bit late, don’t worry. Your recipient might not use it right away. Tell them when they can use it. For more info, read this blog post.

2. Mead

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New jar of mead brewing (right) and ready-to-drink (left)

To make this delicious honey wine, dilute 1 cup of raw honey with 4 cups of water in a jar and wait. Stir it daily. Depending on your kitchen environment, this ferments in a couple of weeks. I usually let mine go for much longer, about six weeks. Fill flip-top bottles with the mead a week or so before you give it away. Depending on how bubbly it is (i.e., how much carbon dioxide it contains), burp the bottles every few days to avoid geysers or explosions. Here are detailed instructions for making mead.

3. Preserved Lemons

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Prepping preserved lemons

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