Thursday, December 12, 2013

Five Amazing Spice Blends to Give for a Homemade Christmas Gift

Five Spice Blends to Give for a Homemade Christmas Gift
Five Amazing Spice Blends that your friends and co-workers will love!

(Updated December 2013 with more ideas for gifts from the kitchen.)  Through the years I've discovered some favorite spice and herb blends that I like to mix up in large batches and give as Christmas gifts.  When I manage to plan ahead, I order small glass jars to put the spice mix in, but I've also given them in mini zip-top bags with the recipe stapled on.  If you're looking for easy ideas for a food-related gift, here are five of my favorites.

Five spice blends
I love to make this Rosemary and Garlic Herb Rub that's delicious on pork, chicken, or salmon.

If you have steak-lovers on your Christmas list, this homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning can make a very popular gift.

One of my favorite spice blends is a Moroccan Spice Mix I discovered in Fine Cooking Magazine.  Through the years I've used this mix on Crispy Roasted Chickpeas, Roasted Carrots, and Roasted Butternut Squash.

One of the first herb blends I made and shared on the blog was this Rosemary Salt, my own version of a rosemary salt blend I purchased at the Ferry Building Farmer's Market in San Francisco.

And finally, I'm guessing the most popular spice mix I've ever given as a gift would be the Spicy Sweet Potato Fries Spice Mix.  This spice mix can also be used to make Spicy Crockpot Sweet Potatoes.

Ten More Ideas for Homemade Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen:
Kalyn's Herb Blend from Kalyn's Kitchen
Garlic Confit for a Christmas Gift from Kalyn's Kitchen
Kalyn's Taco Seasoning Mix from Kalyn's Kitchen
Ten Great Homemade Food Gifts, and No Cooking Required for Some from
Make Your Own Italian Seasoning, Curry Powder, and Poultry Seasoning from The Yummy Life
Spice Up Your Christmas Gift Giving with Ten Ideas for Homemade Spice Mixes from
Round-Up of Homemade Spice Blends from Simple Bites
Homemade Food Gift Ideas from Brown-Eyed Baker
40 Homemade Gifts from The Kitchn
Homemade Gift Ideas from Eliza Domestica

What's Your Favorite Homemade Christmas Food Gift?
Let us know in the comments about your favorite homemade food gift to give or receive at Christmas time.
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  1. I love to give spice blends also. When I mix them, I feel a bit like a mad scientist!

  2. This is a gift that would totally make me happy if I received it. tHERE ARE SO MANY USES FOR THIS AND IT SURE WON'T JUST SIT IN THE PANTRY UNUSED.


  3. I love these gift ideas - unusual and so useful

  4. Kalyn- I have been giving the sweet potato seasoning mix as a gift and it is awesome.

    Merry Christmas!

  5. I love the idea of giving spices as gifts, I love homemade gifts!

  6. I must try the Sweet Potato Spice Mix. Forget giving it away! (Jut kidding).

  7. What a great idea! I didn't want to bake sweets so I was trying to figure something else out. I ended up doing a roasted garlic mustard that came out simply delicious but I didn't even think of a spice mix! Next year! I bet you would love the mustard mix.

  8. Sorry I am not doing well at keeping up on comments. Much Christmas preparations happening around here, but glad people like these ideas.

    Dawn, love the sound of roasted garlic mustard, yum!

  9. Great suggestions and herb blend recipes Kalyn. I've made it a new tradition to share home made food gifts with friends and family. To me, it means so much more and when they use them, they say they think of you.

    Sometimes I even get a request for a refill. That just tickles me silly.

    The Moroccan spice and spicy sweet potato seasoning are going to be next years highlights.

  10. CJ I love it when people ask for refills too!

  11. Great gift idea for the holidays - I think my brother-in-law would appreciate a selection of spice blends for Christmas since he's a great cook and often short on time.


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