Nose to Tail Giving

Ok I admit that the reason I am posting about this is because I love Weck Jars, a fancy european way of canning that replaces the toxic canning lids used by Ball and replaces it with a rubber band and a glass lid.  This is also great because it means you don’t have to buy more lids every time you reuse your old jars.  Mostly though I just think they are beautiful to look at.  In this case not only are they the perfect packaging for local seasonal preserves, pickles and Honey they are all from Blue Hill Farm so they are fancy local.  The small jar of Jam or pickles starts at $14 all the produce is grown locally and seems like a perfect gift for the gourmand in your life who has everything.  

This is a new endeavour by the people who bring you Blue Hill at Stone Barns.  I’m not a big believer in holiday gift giving and if I do give gifts I often like to give things like a Llama from Heifer International or make a donation to Earth Island Journal.  However in this case I think it is a good way to support local farmers and would be a lovely thing to bring to a dinner party.  Of course as anyone who reads UFG regularly knows I think it would be nicer if you made your own preserves and gave them instead, but given that is not always an option for a lot of us this is a good alternative.

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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