Here are some gift suggestions for the green-thumbed gourmet in your life which will help them make the most of the fruits of their labor.
My favorite part of keeping a garden is amending my meal plans with produce from my own garden. These gift ideas will make storing and cooking your garden's bounty easy.
Gifts Under $25
This Silicone Food Huggers Set keeps cut vegetables fresh without the need for single-use plastic.
Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
This is my favorite comprehensive book on canning. It contains 400 recipes for salsas, savory sauces, pickles, chutneys, relishes, jams, jellies, and fruit spreads. It also has information on canning a variety of ingredients from apples to zucchini.
Use a sharp knife or these herb scissors to chop fresh herbs. A dull knife will crush instead of cut herbs which will cause bruising.
Herb Drying Rack
This herb drying rack is easy to set up and collapses down flat for convenient storage. It also comes in two sizes a 4-tier and a 6-tier model.
Use these infusers to infuse oil or vinegar with fresh herbs. Infusing oil and vinegar is a great way to use up leftover herbs. Use your infused oil and vinegar as the base for marinades and homemade salad dressing.
Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps
Skip the plastic wrap and plastic baggies by wrapping your food in reusable beeswax food wraps. Use beeswax wraps to wrap cut produce, cover containers, and take snacks on the go.
This watercolor fresh herb tea towel is 100% cotton, lint-free, and machine washable. Towel measures 28" by 28".
Vegetable Tea Towel
Choose from a variety of watercolor vegetable-themed prints for this 100% cotton machine washable tea towel.
Indoor Herb Garden
Continue growing herbs all year round with this cute window herb garden. Each set comes with three metal herb pots and one tray.
These colorful porcelain herb tags are the perfect way to mark all of your plants and add a bit of color to your garden. Each tax measures 5 ½-6 ½" long and ¾" wide.
These hand-stamped spoon garden markers are made from vintage teaspoons and are approximately six inches long. Each marker can be customized with the names of your favorite plants. They are the perfect way to keep track of all of the plants in your garden.
Digital Kitchen Prints
Download and print these beautiful vegetable-themed artworks, then choose frames to match your kitchen decor.
Choose from eight different regions of the United States and Europe.
Salsa Garden Seed Kit
This kit includes everything you need to grow the ingredients to make your own salsa. Included in the kit are six coco fiber pots, six soil pellets, six wooden plant markers, and six seed tins filled with seeds to grow Tomato 'Beefsteak', Cilantro 'Slow Bolt', Onion 'Walla Walla', Pepper 'Jalapeno', Pepper 'Anaheim', Tomatillo 'Rio Verde'. Everything comes in a cute hand-stamped muslin bag with planting instructions.
Use a tart pan to bake some delicious ratatouille or a beautiful fresh fruit tart.
Shiitake Mushroom Kit
This kit includes everything you need to grow your own shiitake mushrooms inside. Each kit should produce about one pound of mushrooms.
Kitchen Compost Bin
This one-gallon compost bin fits easily under your kitchen sink and holds several days' worth of compost scraps. The lid is airtight and contains a replaceable activated charcoal filter to contain odors.
Easily turn your favorite vegetables into noodles using this seven-blade vegetable slicer.
Gifts Under $50
Homemade sauerkraut, kimchee, and other pickled vegetables just got easier to make with no burping jars or using messy water locks. This fermentation kit comes with three lids that have a waterless airlock valve that lets carbon dioxide out but stops oxygen, mold, and bacteria from getting in. Each lid fits on a standard wide-mouth canning jar.
Easily clean not just lettuce but other vegetables in this easy to use and clean salad spinner.
Gifts Under $100
A personalized garden basket is a perfect way to transport produce from your garden to your kitchen. This handcrafted wooden basket comes in three sizes and can be engraved with your custom text on one or both ends.
Vacuum sealing produce before freezing helps to extend its shelf life and protects it from freezer burn. The Nesco Deluxe Vacuum Sealer is sturdy and compact weighing just six pounds. It has an easy-to-read display and includes a roll storage compartment with a built-in slicer to easily cut bags to size.
Mandolins allow you to slice fruit and vegetables more precisely, consistently, and quickly than you could with a chef’s knife. America's Test Kitchen has two models that they recommend, The Benriner Mandoline Super Slicer and the OXO Good Grips Chef's Mandoline Slicer 2.0. For additional safety, you may also want to purchase a cut-resistant glove to protect your hand.
Gifts Over $100
Although many foods can be dehydrated in the oven, stand-alone dehydrators are more convenient and produce better results without heating up your kitchen. An essential perk during the long hot days of summer when many gardeners are harvesting the bulk of their produce. The Excalibur Food Dehydrator includes nine spacious and easy to load trays that are also dishwasher-safe.
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