Let’s be honest, men are really hard to shop for. With Father’s Day right around the corner, we’ve been on the lookout for suitable man gifts. Of all the men we talked to one thing remained the same, they want a practical, useful gift. We combined our love of healthy food and handmade gifts and came up with the perfect solution — the Juniper Berry Spice Blend. Its sure to please every man on your list. This spice blend is great on everything from grilled skewered brussels sprouts, grass-fed organic beef or a simple avocado toast. We think this one is beyond practical, its the gift that keeps on giving all summer long. Package your blend in a sweet reusable jar and you’ve got a fun, loving and delicious gift to give any man in your life who loves to eat! And who doesn’t love to eat?
The highlight of this blend are the juniper berries, an under utilized culinary spice. Juniper is most famously known as being the main ingredient in Gin, but is quite common as a spice in Scandinavian and Northern European cooking. What are Juniper Berries? Well quite honestly, they’re not berries at all! They are the Juniper Tree’s version of a pinecone, a conifer with incredibly tiny scales so small and compressed they look like berries. They’re fresh, herbaceous and piney with notes of citrus and floral notes — think walking through a forest on a crisp autumn day, or hiking up a mountain. We think that sounds pretty damn manly.
In a coffee/spice grinder, grind peppercorns and juniper berries until desired coarseness. Add to salt, garlic, onion and sugar. Keeps in an airtight container indefinitely.
1 tbsp Sea Salt
1 tbsp Black Peppercorns
1 tbsp Granulated Garlic
1 tbsp Granulated Onion
1 ½ tsp Whole Juniper Berries
1 tsp Cane Sugar
Things to consider: Freshly grinding the peppercorns and juniper berries brings out the freshest, most potent flavors. If you can’t grind them yourself, you can use ground peppercorns and juniper berries.