I love learning new things, new skills, not just in food. But you can’t always afford a class, or have the time either, so the growth in make it yourself kits is great. We’ve come a long way from the home brew kits I remember as a kid, here’s some of the most interesting ones I’ve come across:
Make Your Own Bacon – I’m from the north. I love my bacon. This is my kind of kit. I also live in an area with some stunning farmshops around for great pork for the starting point.
Brewdog Punk IPA Beer Making Kit – nothing like beer kits from the 1970s. I imagine the end result is a lot more tasty as well. Though some of the kit seems not to have moved on since my dad made his own.
Biltong Making Kit – as MFL hails from South Africa, then maybe this is one for him, see how close he can come to the authentic stuff he remembers.
The Ultimate Cheese Making Kit – one day you’re reading the instructions for this kit and making your first batch, next you’re shooting the breeze with Alex James and swapping cheese tips. Well, you never know!
Home Gin Making Kit – now, I know this can’t be as good as a night at 45 Gin School, but could well be the next best thing in my view.
Kilner Preserving Starter Kit -here’s a kit designed to last a lifetime, and a skill that should see you through too. From jam to pickles, it all starts in the same way.
So, all kinds of skills to learn, and a great gift to give a food lover, even just as a taster of the skill involved. Who knows where it will lead them?