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DIY Gift Making with Bulk



When you use bulk ingredients to make your own gifts, you go beyond simple gift giving. You save money and you support farming communities and sustainable sourcing around the world. Here are a few simple recipes to get you started.

Chai-Spiced Hot Chocolate

You'll need:

10 cups dry milk powder 6 1/2 cups powdered sugar 3 1/8 cups cocoa powder 7 teaspoons ground cinnamon 6 teaspoons ground ginger 4 teaspoons ground cardamom 3 teaspoons allspice 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt 10 17-ounce jars

To make:

1. In a large bowl, combine dry milk powder, powered sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, allspice and salt. Whisk until well combined. 2. Divide into jars, seal and decorate.

Get creative:

To make a hot chocolate with some heat, replace the cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and allspice with only 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne.

To make the gifts more visually appealing, layer the ingredients instead of mixing together.

To use:

Combine 1/2 cup mixture with 1 cup boiling water and stir until well combined. Serve hot chocolate with whipped cream if desired.

Curry Spiced Mixed Nuts

You'll need:

2 tablespoons + 1/4 sea salt 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons cumin 1 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons coriander 2 tablespoons + 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric 1 1/2 teaspoons cardamom 1 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cayenne 1 1/4 teaspoons fenugreek powder 5/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon 5/8 teaspoon mustard seed powder 1 1/4 cups coconut oil Just under 14 pounds mixed nuts (almonds, cashews and pecans) 10 38-ounce jars

To make:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. In a small bowl, combine salt, cumin, coriander, turmeric, cardamom, ginger, cayenne, fenugreek, cinnamon and mustard seed powder. 3. In a pot over low heat, melt coconut oil. Stir in the spice mixture and turn off heat. 4. Working in batches as necessary, place nuts in a large bowl and coat with spice oil, then toss until well coated. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets. Place in oven and roast for 5 to 8 minutes, stirring every 2 to 3 minutes, until aromatic and toasted. Remove from oven and allow to cool. 5. Divide into jars and seal.

Get creative

To make smoky spicy nuts, substitute 4 tablespoons paprika, 4 tablespoons smoked paprika, 1 tablespoon cayenne and 1 tablespoon mustard seed powder for the spice mixture.

To make sweet cinnamon nuts, prepare nuts without spice mixture. Once the oil-coated nuts are cool, dust with a mixture of 4 tablespoons cinnamon and 10 tablespoons sugar. Toss until well coated.

Tandoori Spiced Gourmet Popcorn

You'll need:

1 cup ground coriander 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons ground ginger 3/4 cup sea salt 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons ground cumin 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons turmeric 1/4 cup paprika 1/4 cup ground cardamom 10 small baggies 16 2/3 cups (about 10 pounds) popcorn kernels 10 17-ounce jars

To make:

1. In a small bowl, combine coriander, ginger, salt, cumin, turmeric, smoked paprika and cardamom. Whisk until well combined. 2. Divide mixture into baggies, secure with twine and set aside. 3. Divide popcorn kernels into jars, tuck 1 baggie in each jar, seal and decorate.

Get creative:

To make sweet cinnamon gourmet popcorn, substitute 12 tablespoons salt, 26 tablespoons sugar and 12 tablespoons cinnamon for the spice mixture.

To use:

Combine 1 tablespoons spice mixture with 3 tablespoons vegetable oil. In a 3-quart or larger pot over medium-high heat, heat another 3 tablespoons vegetable oil. Add 1/3 cup popcorn kernels and cover with lid. Shake pot gently and allow kernels to pop. Once popped, transfer to a servings bowl, drizzle spiced oil over the top and toss until well coated. Enjoy!

Homemade Pumpkin Spice

You'll need:

11 1/4 cups ground cinnamon 2 1/2 cups ground nutmeg 2 1/2 cups ground ginger 2 cups allspice 1 3/4 cups ground clove 10 pint jars

To make:

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine cinnamon nutmeg, ginger, allspice and ground cloves. Divide into jars and seal.

Get creative:

To make the gifts more visually appealing, layer the ingredients instead of mixing together.

Rosemary and Thyme Turkey Rub

You'll need:

6 1/4 cups ground thyme 6 1/4 cups rosemary 3 cups + 2 tablespoons ground sage 3 cups + 2 tablespoons black pepper 1 1/4 cups garlic powder

To make:

1. In a large bowl, combine thyme, rosemary, sage, black pepper and garlic powder. Stir until well mixed. 2. Divide into jars and decorate.

Get creative:

To make the gifts more visually appealing, layer the ingredients instead of mixing together.

To use:

Brush a turkey with olive oil, then season generously with turkey rub.

Goji Berry, Ginger and Dark Chocolate Trail Mix

You'll need:

8 cups raw almonds 8 cups raw cashews 5 tablespoons coconut oil, melted 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 6 cups Frontier Goji berries 6 cups Frontier pumpkin seeds 6 cups dark chocolate chunks

To make:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Toss raw almonds and cashews in melted coconut oil and cinnamon. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and toast for 5 to 8 minutes, stirring every 2 to 3 minutes, until browned and aromatic. 3. In a large mixing bowl, toss nuts with goji berries, crystallized ginger, pumpkin seeds and chocolate chunks. 4. Divide into jars, seal and decorate.

To use:

Simply eat up!

Cinnamon Orange Potpourri

You'll need:

7 1/2 cups whole cloves 10 cups cardamom pods 15 cups dried orange slices 15 cups cinnamon sticks 7 1/2 cups whole star anise 10 48-ounce jars

To make:

1. In each jar, layer 3/4 cups cloves, 1 cup cardamom pods, 1 1/2 cups dried orange slices, 3/4 cups whole star anise and 1 1/2 cups cinnamon sticks. 2. Seal and decorate. For optimum aroma, let sit for 2 weeks before gifting.

To use:

Open lid or transfer to a bowl and bring a warm, spicy aroma to your space.

Quick tip:

Make your own dried orange slices by placing 1/4-inch thick orange slices on an oven rack and a rimmed sheet under the rack. Bake at 225 degrees for 3 hours, turning slices every 45 minutes to prevent burning. You'll need about 15 oranges to make 15 cups dried slices.

Choose a Tea

You'll need:

10 cups organic tea (of your choosing) 10 pint jars

To make:

Simply fill each jar with a single tea or a blend of teas.

Get creative:

To make the gifts more visually appealing, layer the ingredients instead of mixing together.

To use:

Pour 6 fluid ounces simmering water over 1 teaspoon tea. Let steep for 4 to 5 minutes, then strain and drink up.


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