As the holidays approach, consider giving spices as gifts to those in your life who enjoy cooking or even those who are novices in the kitchen. Having a fully stocked spice cabinet will inspire them to experiment in the kitchen. And if you play your cards right, you could be on the guest list to reap the benefits.
Spices are a versatile gift. They work equally well for men and women. They promote creativity. Lots of spice retailers carry gift sets this time of year. Some include their most popular blends. Some are cuisine specific. You can even create your own gift box. And as spices require replacement every six months to a year to prevent them from going stale, anyone who ventures into the kitchen is going to either need some or need them replaced.
If you are lucky enough to get some spicy gifts, make sure you store your bounty properly: in a cool, dry, dark place. Keep them in air tight containers or ziplock bags. Personally, I prefer glass jars with removable sticker labels.
Or try your hand in making your own spiced finishing salts for a unique do-it-yourself gift anyone can appreciate. Follow these simple instructions and create your own flavors. I have successfully made garlic-lime, chili-citrus, Szechuan peppercorn, lemon-pepper and ginger flavored salts.
Spice up your holidays and someone else’s this season!
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