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Flavored Salts

The next DIY food gift idea is super easy and customizable: flavored salts! Flavored salts are popular gifts because they feel fancy but are very versatile to use - it can be used as a garnish for a homemade snack, mixed in to a dry rub, or as rimming salt for fancy cocktails (cricket-salt-rimmed cocktail, anyone?). With salts, the possibilities are endless. The general rule of thumb is 1 teaspoon of flavoring to ¼ cup of salt. Use large-grained, flakey salts. Kosher salt is a good place to start, but if you want to jazz it up a bit, use...

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Japanese Matcha Green Tea

  Matcha is a roasted green tea that is finely ground into a powder and has a long history. Matcha dates back to the Tang Dynasty in China, were it was used in the traditional tea ceremonies. Zen Buddhism and the Chinese methods of preparing powdered tea were brought to Japan in 1191. Today, Japan is the largest producer and consumer of matcha tea. The flavor is often described as having an intense tea taste that is both herbal and vegetal.   Matcha is made from tencha, a delicate leaf that is shade grown on mature plants, then dried before grinding....

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