Valentine’s Day DIY Edible Gifts

Valentine's Day DIY Edible Gifts

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away but if you’ve been lagging behind don’t worry, we have three awesome gift ideas you can whip up in a flash!

#1 Homemade Raspberry-Strawberry Sauce

Valentine's Day DIY Edible Gifts

Homemade fruit sauce is one of the most versatile and delicious gifts to make and it’s super easy to do! I chose strawberries and raspberries for this sauce because it’s Valentine’s Day but blackberries or blueberries are also delicious.

Valentine's Day DIY Edible Gifts

Start off by cleaning your berries and then remove any greenery.

Valentine's Day DIY Edible Gifts

The math isn’t really an exact science but I start with about 3 cups of cut up berries and 1/4 cup of sugar. Mash the berries with a potato masher until you get this consistency.

Valentine's Day DIY Edible Gifts

Squeeze out the juice from 1/4 of a lemon into the pot and taste. You may need to add a bit more in the sugar or lemon department to get where you want to be.

Cook over medium high heat for 5-6 minutes at a vigorous boil stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Allow it to cool completely. At this point you can either press it through a tight mesh strainer (more time consuming but results in a seedless product) or do my favorite which is to blend it up in your favorite KitchenAid® Diamond Blender or Food Processor. If it is too thick for your taste you can thin it with a bit of water.

Valentine's Day DIY Edible Gifts

Put it in a cute jar with a pretty label and you are good to go! It’s perfect on ice cream, chocolate cake or pancakes (or just eating straight out of the jar at 1 a.m).

#2 DIY Indian Spice Rub Mix

Valentine's Day DIY Edible Gifts

This is pretty much the ultimate time crunch DIY gift and is perfect if you have a large amount of gifts to make up in one big batch!

We love this spice mix on any chicken but most especially on a whole roasted chicken. It is a perfect blend of spicy and salty and very aromatic. It takes a simple weeknight roasted chicken and bumps it up to entertaining status.

Valentine's Day DIY Edible Gifts

Here is my ratio:

2 parts cumin

2 parts garam masala

2 parts paprika

2 parts salt

1 part cardamom

1 part coriander

1 part pepper

1/2-2 parts cayenne pepper (to taste)

I usually use a tablespoon when I’m making it up for our personal use but you can scale it up to whatever amount you need to end up with. It really is as easy as stirring it together and packaging it up with a cute tag!

Be sure to check out our DIY spice rack post from last month if you need some help in the spice organization department.

Valentine's Day DIY Edible Gifts

I’m a big believer in keeping it simple when it comes to decorating gifts. One of my favorite things to repurpose is brown craft paper bags. You can get them at a craft store or just reuse ones you get from stores. The smaller sacks from liquor stores tend to be a thinner material that works better for this use.

Valentine's Day DIY Edible Gifts

You can hand write the labels or just run them through your printer by taping the edge down to a standard sheet of paper.

Valentine's Day DIY Edible Gifts

If you are feeling up to it a bit of mod podge can be used here (use the same technique as shown for the spice labels). Or using double sided tape works just fine too. The tape doesn’t hold up to as much abuse so if you are shipping anything I would use mod podge. But for a quick trip to friends house, I go for quick and simple.

Valentine's Day DIY Edible Gifts

#3 Homemade Hot Sauce

Valentine's Day DIY Edible Gifts

This is the most time consuming out of the 3 gifts but it’s SO worth it. Firing up a barbeque is our favorite way to give the peppers and onions a good char and bring a delicious smoky flavor to this hot sauce. But if you don’t have access to a grill, you can also broil them in your oven which is still totally delicious but it won’t add quite the complexity to the flavor.

We started with 2 onions, 2 red bell peppers, 1 pound of jalapeños and about a half pound of hot red peppers (these unfortunately were not marked with anything but hot red peppers at our store). You can mix and match peppers to suit your spice level.

Valentine's Day DIY Edible Gifts

Roast or broil your peppers and onions until they are blistered on all sides and very tender. The onions should be very tender and may need a bit more time.

Valentine's Day DIY Edible Gifts

Let everything cool and then (be sure to wear gloves if you are sensitive!) trim the ends of the peppers and remove the seeds. Reserve some of the seeds to add later if desired. Add the peppers and onions in your food processor with 1/2 a cup of vinegar, the juice of a lime and your spices.

Valentine's Day DIY Edible Gifts

I’m using my amazing KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series 16-Cup Food Processor here. Puree on high until very smooth.

At this point you are the guide!

Add more vinegar for a thinner hot sauce (up to 1 1/2 cups if you really love the vinegar).

Add more seeds or chili powder for a hotter sauce.

Add more lime juice for extra zing.

Add more smoked chipotle powder to boost the smoky factor.

Tip: if you have a smaller food processor you may need to go in small batches, this is not something you want overflowing!

Once you are happy with your results transfer the mixture to jars. I find that a turkey baster is quite handy to transfer the sauces.

Add a quick tag and you are gifting ready! The sauce can be eaten immediately but will improve in flavor as it ages.

I hope these 3 ideas help get you inspired to whip something up for the special people in your life this Valentine’s Day!

Strawberry Raspberry Sauce

Makes 1/2 pint of sauce

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups strawberries
1 1/2 cup raspberries
1/4 cup sugar
Juice of 1/4-1/2 of a lemon

DIRECTIONS

In a medium pot mash berries and and sugar with a potato masher until you get a chunky consistency.

Squeeze out the juice from 1/4 of a lemon into the pot, stir and taste. You may need to add a bit more in the sugar or lemon department to get where you want to be.

Cook over medium high heat for 5-6 minutes at a vigorous boil stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Allow it to cool completely. At this point you can either press it through a tight mesh strainer (more time consuming but results in a seedless product) or do my favorite which is to blend it up in your favorite KitchenAid® Diamond Blender or Food Processor.

Strawberry Raspberry Sauce Recipe

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DIY Indian Spice Mix

Makes 1/2 pint

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons garam masala
2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon cardamom
1 tablespoon coriander
1 tablespoon fresh cracked pepper
1/2-2 tablespoons cayenne pepper (to taste)

DIRECTIONS

Stir together. Store in an airtight container.

This recipe is easily scalable to create multiple batches.

DIY Indian Spice Mix Recipe

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Homemade Hot Sauce

Makes 5 1/2-pint jars

INGREDIENTS

2 onions, quartered
2 red bell peppers, halved
1 pound jalapenos
1/2 pound hot red peppers
1/2-1 cup vinegar (I use equal parts of white vinegar, apple cider vinegar and rice vinegar)
Juice of 1 lime
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1-2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder, to taste
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder

DIRECTIONS

Roast or broil your peppers and onions until they are blistered on all sides and very tender. The onions should be very tender and may need a bit more time.

Let cool and then (being sure to wear gloves if you are sensitive) trim the ends of the peppers and remove the seeds. Reserve some of the seeds to add later if desired. Add the peppers and onions in your food processor with vinegar, lime juice and spices.

Puree on high in a KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series 16-Cup Food Processor until very smooth.

Taste and adjust:
Add more vinegar for a thinner hot sauce (up to 1 1/2 cups if you really love the vinegar).
Add more seeds or chili powder for a hotter sauce.
Add more lime juice for extra zing.

Tip: if you have a smaller food processor you may need to go in small batches, this is not something you want overflowing.

Once you are happy with your results transfer the mixture to jars. I find that a turkey baster is quite handy to transfer the sauces to small necked jars.

Mixture can be eaten immediately but improves as it ages.

Homemade Hot Sauce Recipe

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