Homemade pantry basics as gifts
October 28, 2012 8:28 PM Subscribe
Another food gift question: ideas for homemade pantry staples
posted by primate moon to food & drink (27 answers total) 44 users marked this as a favorite
My family and I have not exchanged holidays gifts for a few years now. But now one sister has suggested a "Crafty Christmas," where we all make each other something. She's a really experienced and artistic knitter and crocheter. The other sister would probably also give some type of needlecrafted gift, probably sewn goods. Our mother will probably sew something as well. I'm not a very good knitter or seamstress and don't really love doing those things. I do love cooking, though. I'm thinking I don't want to give sweet things, and I don't want to do the typical pans of lasagna type thing. Each of my family members is single and lives alone, so they tend not to cook too much unless entertaining. But they all appreciate good, high quality food. I was thinking of perhaps making them each some really good chicken and/or beef stock for their freezers--something they won't take the time to make for themselves, both because the amounts are usually too much for their small households and also because they usually don't take big chunks of time for cooking. But even minimal cooks, at least ones who appreciate good, homemade stuff, would love a staple like homemade stock for soup or an ingredient in lots of other things. Not sexy, but good, right?
Do you have any ideas for similar food items? Basics for their pantries or freezers that they might not make on their own but that would make a good foundation or key ingredient for a dish or meal? Anything? Thanks!