I really love giving homemade gifts for Christmas, and last year I wrote a post explaining how to make extracts like vanilla, coffee, cacao, and more for gift giving.
Another idea I like is to give a “kit” so that the recipient can make the item themselves. This is especially nice for people who may not be able to gather the ingredients needed themselves, like this kit I gave my granddaughter so that she could make her own lip balm.
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This ‘make your own extract kit’ is quite simple, and would be perfect when you need something last minute. To make and give your own extracts would require months for the flavor to be extracted. This kit could be put together at any time, assuming you have the ingredients.
This extract kit would be ideal for someone who loves to bake. It does involve vodka, so keep that in mind when you’re considering the recipient.
Extracts are so simple to make. All you’ll need is an attractive, airtight bottle, and the flavoring. All the receiver will need to do is add vodka. If you want to be extra generous, include a bottle of vodka as well.
To put together your extract kit, choose your bottle. I recommend a swing top style like this, because they provide a tight seal. Place the flavoring of choice in the bottle:
- Vanilla: 3 – 5 vanilla bean pods, split down the side (where to purchase)
- Almond: 1/4 cup raw almonds (where to purchase)
- Chocolate: 6 Tablespoons raw cacao nibs (where to purchase)
- Coffee: 4 Tablespoons crushed coffee beans (use a mortar and pestle, or a coffee grinder but be sure to just pulse so that you don’t actually grind the coffee) (where to purchase)
Instructions to include with your gift: Add 1 cup of vodka. Shake once or twice a week for approximately 10 weeks, or until the extract reaches the desired strength. Store in a dark area.
A note on vodka: I prefer a brand that is GMO-free like Absolut. It’s made from deep well water and winter wheat grown in Sweden (where GMOs are not allowed).
What ideas do you have for putting together a kit for gift-giving?
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