Homemade Holiday Food Gift Ideas

These homemade holiday food gift ideas are perfect for the holiday season, includes candy recipes, preserved fruit recipes, savory preserved recipes, homemade bread recipe and holiday dessert recipes.
By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Editors
November/December 1977

These homemade holiday food gift ideas make for thoughtful gifts during the holiday season.
PHOTO: FOTOLIA/DARIO LO PRESTI


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Learn about homemade holiday food gift ideas you can use for this holiday season.

Homemade Holiday Food Gift Ideas

Easy Beef Jerky Recipe
Toasted Jerky Crumbles Recipe
Spicy Seasoned Salt Recipe
Brandied Butter-Cheese Spread Recipe
Cheese Beer Spread Recipe
Blue Cheese Cream Cheese Wine Spread Recipe
Head Cheese Recipe
Homemade Tomato Ketchup Recipe
Corn Relish Recipe
Beef Suet Mincemeat Pie Recipe
Fruitcake Muffin Recipe
Apricot Snowball Cookies Recipe
Brandied Apricots Recipe
Cinnamon Pears Recipe
Savory Pear Relish Recipe
Spicy Pickled Pear Recipe
Piquant Pear Chutney Recipe
Orange-Scented Pears Recipe
Pear Honey Bread Recipe
Banana Jam Recipe
Grape Port Wine Jelly Recipe
Candy Cake Recipe
Fig Candy Recipe
Horehound Candy Recipe
Taffy Vinegar Candy Recipe
Maple Syrup Fudge Recipe
Maple Sugar Fudge Recipe
Honey Squares Recipe

Very few store-bought gifts carry the warmth, the tenderness, the "I've been thinking about you" feeling that just naturally goes with homemade goodies whipped up right there in your own kitchen.

Do-it-yourself holiday gifts of food come in all sizes, shapes, and colors . . . and all flavors! Some are for serving on the very day you give them, and others are for stashing away until Christmas or New Year's. (I've found that cakes and breads are particularly welcome when delivered to a special friend or neighbor for Christmas Eve supper or a Christmas morning brunch. And more casual friends, a child's favorite teacher, etc., always seem pleased and flattered to receive home-brewed candies, cheese spreads, and homemade jam . . . especially when the presents are packaged imaginatively in a reusable container.)

Christmas gift recipes include cheese spread recipes, preserved fruit recipes, chutney and savory fruit recipes, homemade bread and cookie recipes and homemade candy recipes.

Most of these candy recipes are over 85 years old and were handed down to me by a distant relative who used them for more than 40 years on an eastern farm.

And don't try to keep all this holiday fun to yourself! The recipes listed here have been specially chosen because I've found them so easy to prepare that the whole family can take part in the festivities!








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