Viewing post #46503 by NEILMUIR1
|Dear Trisha, I could not agree more. I thought we were the only ones that although we like Christmas, get fed up with the commercialism of it all!
Mother makes the cakes and the Christmas Pudding; then because I have two food smokers, one cold smoker and one hot smoker, I do smoke hams and smoked salmon for everyone, whilst my wife does pickles and home made sweets! We also save the olive oil bottles, the pretty ones that is. Then by adding some sprigs of dried herbs we fill them up with olive oil. Then using the computer we make some nice labels, Sarah ties a little bow around the neck of the bottle, and someone gets a nice present!
My next door neighbour has a lot of fruit trees (large ones), so when he prunes them back he saves all the wood for me. I dry it out over the summer in nice stacks, then before Christmas off to Kent we go and get some farmhouse cheese. This I smoke in fruit wood, I think a nice round of farmhouse Cheddar smoked in Apple wood is a great gift for anyone. It is better than some plastic wrapped stuff from a supermarket.
I am not tight fisted at all! It is just that things like pickled onions are quite expensive to buy at Christmas and the shop bought ones are not very nice. So we buy a sack of them and the proper pickling spices, plus vinegar and make our own. How many jars do people throw away? So we save any we can to put pickles and pickled onions in!
At least you know what is in them when you make your own.