I love hand made gifts. When someone says they’re giving home made gifts, I think everyone feels a slight sense of worry as to what they might be! It’s so easy to go wrong and much as everyone will always agree that home made gifts are more heartfelt, they aren’t always considered the most desirable.
My advice? Think about what a person already has in their home. If they live in a house dripping with patchwork quilts, decoupage fruit bowls and cross stitch welcome signs, the chances are they will be thrilled with your endeavours. If however there isn’t a speck of craft in their entire house, then the chances are, your gift might not be as loved as you would like. If you still want to make a unique gift for people like this, foodie gifts are a great idea.
This ‘Perfect salt’ is named ….perfectly! A mixture of salt pepper and herbs, it can be used to add flavour to just about anything. Stir it through plain pasta with a little olive oil, base a salad dressing around it, or season a piece of meat. The possibilities are endless.
You will need:
Finely ground black pepper
Freshly cracked black peppercorns (you can buy these, or grind them yourself)
Minced Garlic (this is available from most supermarkets and is kept with the spices)
Dried herbs: oregano, thyme, parsley
A small jar
A tag and a thin strip of fabric to finish
- Make sure that your far is very clean by washing it in hot soapy water and drying thoroughly.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon of finely ground black pepper the pepper to the jar first. Then add coarse ground black pepper until the jar is around 1/5 full.
- The next to go in is the salt. Add salt until the jar is 2/3 full.
- When it comes to herbs, you can use whatever you like. Oregano, thyme and parsley work best and to this jar i have added equal amounts of each until the jar is almost full (fill around half of the space that’s left).
- The last ingredient is the minced garlic, fill the jar to the top.
- Now you have a choice. The ingredients look really nice in layers, but of course you can’t use them like this. You can either empty the contents into a bowl, stir to combine and then pour them back in, or give the gift as it is and just advise the recipient that they’ll need to mix it all up before use.
- If you’re using a screw top jar, then it looks lovely to make a fabric or paper jar topper. If like me, you’re using a clip top or Kilner jar, why not tie a strip of fabric around the neck? If you do, make sure you tie it underneath the mechanism, so that the jar can be removed without taking off the decoration.
As this gift is so hard to give away, why not make a couple, so that you get to keep a jar 🙂