Today I thought I would share some edible gift ideas. I really truly love the concept of edible gifts. Our world today (much of it anyway) has way more stuff than we need. Our homes are often cluttered (at least in this country) and we can often feel overwhelmed with "Stuff". There are many times we would like to give a gift because for us it is a way of celebrating and also lets the person know that we care about them but we often don't know of any "stuff" that the person needs or will like.
Food gifts are a good alternative. Everybody eats (though of course not everybody likes the same foods) and when you get a gift of food you can enjoy it but it doesn't linger on for years cluttering up your home.
Here are a couple of things that I have made (or am in the process of making) lately that I think make lovely gifts:
Here is my Apple Butter Recipe:
- 16 cups Thick Apple Pulp (core and slice apples but don't peel. Add only enough water to cook apples until soft. When cooked, puree. I like to use my immersible blender for this.)
- 1 cup vinegar
- 8 cups sugar (I actually used less sweetener than this and some of it was honey. It was still very sweet.)
- 4 teaspoons cinnamon.
My newest experiment is making extracts! I know this is a lovely gift however as I have been blessed to receive homemade vanilla extract from my sisters and a friend. I love the homemade stuff! As I have been so blessed with gifts of vanilla I actually didn't need it but I had already had purchased some beans so I decided I had better use them up.
To make the Vanilla Extract I simply cut down the beans a little while still leaving the seeds intact and put them in a jar. I then covered them with vodka. I am now shaking it regularly and will let it set for a couple of months before using it.
To make Peppermint Extract Megan and I simply chopped the leaves up small. Put around 1/2 cup of them in the jar and then added 1 cup vodka and 1 cup filtered water. This we will also shake regularly. I think after a few weeks it is nearly ready to use- it smells wonderful! (Very different from the original vodka smell which was like rubbing alcohol- yuck!). We will strain out the leaves before using.
I got some of my extract making tips from The Family Kitchen and would recommend looking over their fun article which has ideas for 10 different extracts.
My inspiration for using pits to make extract came from a post written at Penniless Parenting.
|My extracts in the making.|
What are some favorite food gifts that you have received or given?
I have decided to abandon the linky as I just can't seem to make it work for me but I would still love to have you share your ideas!
Please join my by leaving your ideas or links to Handmade Christmas ideas (gifts, decorations, food, etc..) in the comments. If you leave a link to a post with an idea in it then I will move your link up into this post so that everybody will be sure to see it!
Please Check out:
- How to make Sugar Scrubs over at Kati's Little Corner of the World. (This looks intersting and would make a fun gift.)
- A Tutorial for a Scarf made from an old T-shirt over at Not Afraid of the Snow. (Detailed tutorial and very cute.)
I would always appreciate it if you would be willing to spread the word about this series. Feel free to grab my Handmade Christmas Graphic above.