Safe Food Gifts from the Heart

Jar with dry mix

Coming from the heart, homemade food gifts are thoughtful holiday (or anytime) gifts and a nice way to show people just how much they mean to you.

There are many homemade food gift options—fresh baked or prepared foods, jams and jellies, and dry mixes. It is important that food safety and shelf-stability be considered first and foremost when giving a gift of food. See Safe Homemade Food Gifts for more advice.

Dry mixes are very popular and allow for creativity and individualizing gifts. When properly prepared, mixes can be a safe gift to give. Choose a food-grade container and get started with recipes and ideas using these links:

Mix It Up to Expand Your Gift-giving Dollar With Food Mixes in a Jar
Beverage Mixes in a Jar
Gifts from the Family Kitchen
Maine Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen
Healthy Holiday Food Gifts That Kids Will Love Creating
Christmas Magic for Pennies

If the gift is a mix, be sure to include a recipe card providing instructions on how the recipient is to use or prepare the gift. 

Have fun making food gifts and be sure to follow all food safety guidelines. 

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Marlene Geiger

I am a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a BS in Home Economics Education and Extension and from Colorado State University with a MS in Textiles and Clothing. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, gardening, quilting, cooking, sewing, and sharing knowledge and experience with others.

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