Can you just imagine how wonderful it
would be to give your family the best home made Gifts?
Summer’s bounty from the garden can include all kinds of fruits and vegetables that would make fantastic Home Made Gifts! Everyone in your family would enjoy and love the sauces, chutneys, or maybe your fragrances from your own lavender, sage, and other herb infusions made from the plants that you have tended so lovingly and carefully!
Without a doubt, these kinds of gifts are the ones that people really remember and remember well. I know I have received many gifts that were lovingly made for me and my family and we have enjoyed them immensely. There is no comparison between store bought versus home made.
Recipes for you to try!
1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded and roughly chopped
2 cups of chopped onions
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
4 cups corn kernels (cut from 4-6 ears depending on size)
2 plum or Roma Tomatoes , diced
1 red or green serano chile peppers, seeded and minced
1-1/4 cups sugar
2 TBSP Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1-1/2 cups apple cider vinegar (5% acidity)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
2 teaspoons mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- Work in batches if necessary, pulse the cucumbers, onions and bell peppers in a food processor just lightly, 3 to 4 pulses (not pureed)
- Place mixture in a medium sized thick bottomed pot. Add corn, tomatoes, Serano chilies, sugar, salt, pepper, vinegar, turmeric, mustard seed and ground cumin. Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 25 minutes.
- Spoon the corn relish into clean jars and seal. Will keep in the refrigerator for 4-6 weeks.
If you want to store outside of the refrigerator, sterilize canning jars and follow instructions for canning.
This recipe works really well with hot dogs, tacos or with pork roasts.
Colorful and using up your extra vegetables from the garden. Hopefully, you didn’t add lots of pesticides while growing your crops. This is a truly wonderful relish that you can lay claim to right from the start. Growing the vegetables and canning them for friends and family.
How about trying to make an Apple Cranberry Chutney, the sweet and savory taste goes well with chicken, but also works with turkey and/or a pork roast. Easy to make, tasty and colorful, your family and friends will all want the recipe and enjoy your gifts.
Apple Cranberry Chutney
2 good cooking apples (2 cups, peeled and chopped)
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/3 to 1/2 cup of brown sugar (depending on your tastes)
1 TBSP orange zest
1 TBSP freshly grated ginger
1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
small pinch of ground clove
Put all ingredients into a saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a low simmer. Cover and cook for 20 minutes. Uncover and cook for another few minutes to reduce any remaining liquid. Will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Can also be canned following instructions for canning.
More recipes can be found at Simply Recipes.
These are just two recipes for you to try, with Grow and Make crafting kits, you can make just about anything from candles, teas, preserves, essential oils and a whole range of other “Goodies” that your friends, family and others will just love receiving. Great for your “cottage industry” or to enhance your “bed and breakfast” or gift shop. Truly lovely and unique containers for all types of Do It Yourself hobbies. Some of these recipes can use the Bounty found in your Garden this summer.
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Use the Bounty from your Garden to make beautiful gifts and nutritious delights, that, presented properly will be a delight for you to give and your friends to receive. You can do it!