One of the advantages of home-preserved foods is that they are usually very portable and often don't need to be refrigerated. Those traits make them perfect for bringing to potluck feasts or sending guests home with a jar of something they just enjoyed at supper.
I like to warm my guests up with steaming mugs of mulled wine, and later send them home with jars of mulled wine jelly to enjoy with cheese or dried fruits and nuts.
My dad and I "invented" lemon curd spooned onto gingersnap cookies when a friend brought over some of her homemade citrus treat one Christmas. We've been making and enjoying the combination ever since...and bringing our own jars of lemon curd to friends so that they can come up with even more ways to enjoy it.
And of course, one of the most important aspects of food preservation is that it enables us to take seasonal ingredients at their tastiest and least expensive peak harvest time and preserve them for year-round use. Lucky for us that peak citrus fruit season coincides with the late fall and early winter holidays! Here are some ways to preserve citrus - most of these recipes make treats that are excellent gifts.
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