A great way to save money and provide those you care about with special holiday gifts is by making holiday gifts from your herb garden. The holidays come right after you have finished harvesting all of the wonderful things from your garden, and the holidays are a great way to put the excess herbs you have gathered to use. This article will provide you with detailed instructions on how to make several holiday gifts from your herb garden.
Herbal Seasoning Blends, Sweeteners, and Salts
Herbs are a great addition to sweeteners and salts; they also make wonderful spice blends that can be used for a variety of reasons. Adding lavender, mint, rosemary, basil, and other aromatic herbs to sugar or salt is easy. Simply bruise the leaves using the back of a spoon. Then chop the herbs finely. Add the herbs to the sugar or salt and allow it to sit for about 3 days. Spice blends of sage, thyme, rosemary, chives, basil, oregano, lemon balm, and many other herbs can be made easily. Simply hang herbs to dry, crumble or chop finely and mix together to get the desired seasoning blend. Give the sugar, salt, or spice mixture as a gift in a petty jar or cellophane bag.
Herbal Oils and Vinegars
Herbal oils and vinegars can be made with similar methods. Start by cleaning and drying bottles. Make sure to sterilize the bottles as well. Then lightly bruise the desired herbs for use, and place them in the bottle. Then heat either the oil or vinegar you are going to use and pour it into the bottle. Allow the bottle to cool and seal with a cork or lid. Oil should be stored in a cool place, and vinegar should be stored in the fridge. After about a week the herbs have infused the liquid with the flavor, and it can be given as a gift.
This herb garden gift is very easy to make, and you the recipient of this gift will be thrilled with it. For this garden gift you will need vodka, herbs of choice, and a tight sealing glass jar or bottle. Start by filling your sterilized jar with the appropriate herbs. You will not need a lot of herbs to capture the desired flavor; try using a few sprigs. Then add the vodka, seal, and store for 2 days. Check the flavor of the vodka everyday after the second day to determine the strength of the herbal flavor. When the taste is right strain the herbs out.
These herb garden gifts are great for any holiday. These gifts are a wonderful way to please everyone in your family. Try using the bounty of your garden for your holiday gifts, and everyone will be happy.