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Jan 27, 2014 01:14 PM

Need an Impressive Gluten Free Gift

I need to bring a thank you gift to someone who is gluten free. It needs to be something super impressive but I also don't have so many specialized kitchen tools (no bundt pan/tart pan/etc). Bonus points if it is healthy and doesn't include chocolate or dairy. I plan on making several batches because I need to give it to multiple people. Any ideas?

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  1. How about mail-order? I am a cheerleader for the luscious, plump dried fruits from
    They have pears, plums, cherries, etc., as well.

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    1. re: greygarious

      Definitely looking to do home made - I think it's a nice touch, and I know the people very well whom I'm sending it too.

    2. From a suggestion months ago on this Special Diets board, this has been a hit in our home for holidays and as a host/hostess gift:

      It's no -sugar added, gluten and dairy free.

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      1. re: pinehurst

        Pinehurst your idea is awesome! I don't have a double boiler or a metal bowl to put in a saucepan (necessary sacrifices to live in a tiny apartment)... Thinking of alternatives...

      2. - basalmic onion "jam", reduced carmelized onions with basalmic
        - homemade jerkey
        - interesting nut butters: almond maple, cashew with chili, pistachio, etc
        - pesto: pumpkin seed pesto, walnut pesto, parsley etc
        - pear butter, apple butter, pumpkin butter
        - flavored vodka

        How you package homemade treats can make or break the presentation. I am partial to the classic ball jars with a homemade label listing ingredients and suggested uses

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        1. re: Ttrockwood

          Love the onion jam idea! If I can find some cute jars I might do that- May not have time to run to Michaels but that does sound good.

          1. re: PotatoPuff

            I actually found those Ball jars at my hardware store of all places.... Dunno if that's easier for you to get to.
            Reducing the onions and basalmic takes a ton of onions and a long time but the end result is really awesome. Keeps for weeks in the fridge, maybe longer but mine's gone by then ;)

            1. re: Ttrockwood

              Ahhhh can't do anything refrigerated! Leaving these gifts for people outside their doors (in an apt bldg) so they should be shelf stable. Hmmmm.

              1. re: PotatoPuff

                You can can it in a water bath - no special pot needed, just make sure the jars have 2" of liquid over them, and have a cloth napkin or kitchen towel lining the bottom so that the glass does not come in direct contact with the metal.

                Once "canned" they are shelf stable for a year.

                1. re: PotatoPuff

                  Oh nonono, they will be fine out of refridgeration for a while- i took mine cross country , 12 hrs at room temp and it was fine. The acid from the vinegar helps

          2. Fruit? A box of Harry & David's Royal Riviera Pears is nice enough for any occasion.

            1. Coconut bark it is! Thanks guys!