Handmade Food Gifts

Mulled Apple Cider Concentrate

Mulled Apple Cider Concentrate

This cider concentrate makes your kitchen smell divine. It's good drizzled over pancakes, added to homemade vinaigrettes or used as a ham glaze. For a quick, warming drink, spoon three tablespoons into a large mug and fill with just-boiled water.Nicole Franzen
Fruit Ketchups

4 Great Fruit Ketchups

Ketchup doesn't have to start and end with tomatoes. Savory-sweet ketchups based on other ingredients are an unexpected addition to the table—and a great way to preserve summer fruit for months to come.Khushbu Shah
Candied Clementines

Candied Clementines

After simmering clementines in simple syrup, you end up with pockets of sweet, tender fruit suspended in a bright, slightly tart liquid. They make the perfect gift for cocktail lovers and home bakers.Nicole Franzen
Ginger Curry Candied Almonds

Ginger Curry Candied Almonds

Sweet, salty and just a little spicy, these glazed almonds are a popular addition to holiday gift baskets and party spreads. Always make more than you think you'll need as it's hard to resist snacking on them when they're still warm.Nicole Franzen
Dried Fig Compote

Dried Fig Compote

This preserve is a balm for those mourning the passing of summer's fleeting fresh fig season. It can be made any time of year and has a deep, sophisticated flavor. It's best served with stinky cheeses, though some also enjoy it drizzled over steel cut oats on chilly mornings.Nicole Franzen
Hand-Chopped Garlic Herb Salt

Hand-Chopped Garlic Herb Salt

If your mother or grandmother is still using dried and granulated garlic instead of fresh, make them a batch of this hand-chopped garlic herb salt. It's the perfect gateway to the good stuff and will elevate their cooking immediately. Thanks to Sally Schneider and A Splendid Table for the introduction to this lovely seasoning.Nicole Franzen
Persimmon Chutney

Persimmon Chutney

Persimmons come in two varieties. There's the Hachiya, which can only be eaten when the flesh is incredibly ripe and runny, and the Fuyu, which can be eaten either firm or soft. You want to seek out firm Fuyu persimmons for this recipe (they are short and squat, with a flat underside), as they give the best texture to the finished chutney.Nicole Franzen
Pickled Cranberries

Pickled Cranberries

Pickling takes the natural sweet-tart nature of the cranberry and amplifies it.Nicole Franzen
Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract is one of those things that seems mysterious and magical, but is actually ridiculously simple to make at home. Order a pound of Grade B vanilla beans from an online seller and half your work is done. Split the beans, plunge them into booze and time does the rest.Nicole Franzen