If you're looking to give an extra-special gift to a fellow foodie -- and just can't decide what, this is it.
It's an adventure -- that produces a present at the finish line. I can't wait to unpack my experience and share pictures!
The Creamery in a Box Starter Kit includes all you need to make your own cheese -- Farmhouse Cheddar, Feta, Cottage Cheese and Queso Fresco. ($129.99)
The wine kit turns you into a winemaker -- providing all you need except bottles and the juice, which you get to pick out separately. The kit is $129.99; juice is about $30. www.northernbrewer.com
What's especially nice about these kits is that once you have the equipment, you can keep making wine and cheese without spending too much cash, as Northern Brewer sells replenish supplies at very reasonable prices.
More details -- and pictures -- of my personal fermenting experience to come...