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Homemade Mulling Spice for a Heartwarming Holiday Gift

Every year for some time now I choose to make some type of consumable gift for friends and family. I do this not out of some protest against our "american" holiday consumer culture (because I buy all of the ingredients to make these gifts from a grocery store) but out of a desire to provide people with an experience with no stuff strings attached.  I also like to make food crafts, so it is not completely altruistic.  

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This year, based on some feedback from my non-embibing friends, I decided to make mulling spice as part of my holiday assortment.  Providing friends and family with a choose your own adventure sort of gift, as you can put mulling spices in apple cider, hard apple cider, wine, and coffee.  

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It was also a great opportunity to prove the utility of my oh-so-neglected (but greatly loved!) food dehydrator.

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Many slices of dried orange and ginger later I was ready to put christmas cheer in a bag.  I followed a recipe from  a magazine clipping as a guideline, but then wandered off from it quite a bit.  I ended up making enough for 1 to 2 servings of mulling spice for 15 people plus a large quantity for me for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and miscellaneous "holiday" beverages on the homefront.  It also works for  an emergency aroma therapy session.  The recipe below should make just a little bit less than my experience as I found I have quite a bit of mulling spice on hand after all my gift bags are complete, and one large vat of mulled wine at Thanksgiving.

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 Mulling Spice

8 juice oranges, sliced thinly

2 large fresh ginger roots, sliced thinly

30 cinnamon sticks

1 cup star anise

1/2 cup whole black pepper corns

1/2 cup whole allspice

1/4 cup whole cloves

Step 1: 

Using a food dehydrator dry the orange and ginger slices.  The ginger slices will only take a couple of hours, but the orange slices will take quite some time.

Step 2:  

If making the mulling spice mix as a gift or gifts – evenly distribute the orange slices, ginger slices and cinnamon sticks into piles on a flat surface or into individual containers.

Step 3:

Take the black pepper corns, the allspice, cloves and star anise and disperse each evenly across all the different containers.

Congratulations you have a wonderful gift for friends and family.  




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