Out-of-the-ordinary edible gifts to give this season


Flavored salts and sugars

One of the easiest edible gifts to make is flavored salt. Try giving your friends and neighbors a jar of citrus salt, which is heavenly sprinkled on fish or chicken. To make, simply layer strips of orange or lemon peel-use only the outer peel, avoiding the bitter white pith-with kosher salt in a glass jar. This is especially fun in winter when there are so many exotic citrus varieties in stores like Meyer lemons and blood oranges.

For bakers, flavored sugars are a welcome gift. To make vanilla sugar, which is a delicious addition to most baked goods, scrape the inside of a vanilla bean into two cups of sugar and stir to combine. Cut the bean in half and add it as well. Citrus sugars also are a wonderfully fragrant gift. The idea is the same as vanilla sugar: add the zest of a large lemon or orange to two cups of sugar and stir to combine.


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