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This package is ideal because there are several different products included, so you can sample the meat in different forms. Actually, there are a number of neat offerings on Food52‘s Shop. It would be a great place to shop for a foodie on your list.
2. Anyone on your list who might have expressed an interest in canning would love a Ball Canning Kit, that includes everything needed to wade into the waters of home food preservation through hot-water bath canning. This is a good deal for all the items shown at $55.
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3. Who doesn’t know someone who loves beer? With the explosion in popularity of craft and microbrews, everyone has a friend who’s curious about making their own brew. The Brooklyn Brew Shop makes it easy for a novice to jump in with their complete kits.
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I first heard of this shop on a documentary about beer in America that I watched a couple years ago. For the life of me, I can’t remember the name of the documentary, but the cute couple behind Brooklyn Brew Shop and their simple, straightforward attitude toward homebrewing stuck with me. I’ve bought beer kits before, like Mr. Beer brand, that have a powder that you just mix with hot water and leave sitting and that’s basically the beer. This one is different because the ingredients you get are raw-er (if that’s a word), meaning that you get the grains that you have to cook down and make the wort and take some extra steps. It’s a little truer to the actual process of making beer, I think. By the way, my secret ambition is to be a brewmaster. Wouldn’t that be the coolest job?
If you know someone who has a set of these dastardly devices, do them a favor and get them a decent set. Or even one or two good ones, if you don’t want to spring for a whole set. Take advantage of sales on kitchen items at department stores, or even big box stores. You don’t need to buy good knives from a fancy place like Williams Sonoma. Top brands include J. A. Henckles, Wustof, and Victorinox. These are great, but expensive. If you find a good deal on them, grab them–and one for yourself. But you can find decent sets at places like Target, which carry mid-level brands like Faberwear and Calphalon.
My set came from my wedding registry at Target, and it’s a Chicago Cutlery set. It wasn’t super expensive, and I’m satisfied with it. They are sturdy and there’s a variety of knives in the set. It has a sharpening stick which is nice. The most important thing about knives, is to keep them sharp, sharp, sharp. You’re more likely to cut yourself badly with a dull knife than you are with a sharp one, because the knife doesn’t go where you intend it to go when you’re cutting, and you have to force it sometimes. That is how people cut themselves–trust me, I know.
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Hopefully you’ve all been good enough this year for Santa to bring you some of these things. At least, I’m hoping I have.