One of the best things that anyone loves to receive would be the gift of love. And what better gift than the love for food. It is one of the most versatile and exclusive ways to make someone happy and there are so many choices out there. You can make something on your own or even just get it store made. But the idea is that you should ensure that it stays for a few days at lease in the freezer.
So Here Are Some Brilliant Ideas For Gifting Foods That You Can Customize And Diy-
Chocolates Of Different Shapes
One of the easiest ways to start off here would be getting your loved ones some amazing chocolates. You have to get hold of a cooking chocolate for this. Ideally pick something that already has a bit of sugar in it so you don’t really have to add anything. Take dark chocolates for best results that is semi sweet. Now melt in double boiler. Finally pour in molds of desired shape. You can add some nuts here for added texture or a dash of cognac to create that extra swirl. Take it out of the molds when set and arrange on tray.
Tiramisu In Jar
Just take a clean mason jar and arrange a layer of lady finger biscuits dipped in hot and dark espresso. On this layer, add a whipped mascarpone cheese that is creamy but stiff. Then add a little layer of coffee espresso or a liquor of your choice. Keep repeating these layers till you reach the top of the bottle.
This one too stays for days. You just have to dip strawberries in some warm melted chocolate and allow it to set in the fridge. You can use either dark or white chocolate here. Once set lay them out in a basket and take it for your loved one.
DIY Bread Basket
A bread basket is ideal for all kinds of occasions. For making this bread recipe you need about 2 1/2 cups warm milk along with 4 teaspoons dry yeast, 1/4 cup of sugar, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup melted butter, some salt and 7 cups of flour. Just pour out the luke warm milk in a bowl and sprinkle the yeast. Let it stay for 7-8 minutes. Beat eggs, butter and salt. Finally mix all the ingredients together and let them rise. Punch after an hour and then allow to rise again. Finally roll out in shapes you desired and bake for about 20 minutes at 200 degree centigrade till you get golden brown bread.
Homemade Jalapeno Pickles
For making this pickle recipe, you have to get hold of about 1 pound of fresh jalapenos from the market. Then boil about 3/4 litre of water with 2-3 cups of sugar and 1/4th cup of vinegar. Let the same reduce to half. Add the picks to this mixture and let it continue to reduce further. Finally after a while strain off the jalapenos and reduce liquid further. Pack in clean mason jar and send it as a gift.
Homemade Salsa Dip
Who doesn’t love a good homemade salsa dip and it is ideal for the holiday season or any other occasion too. It stays in the jar for really long and tastes yummy too. For this recipe, you need 1 kg of blanched tomatoes that are peeled and de-seeded. Chop them roughly. Roast 2-3 peppers in the oven till black. Peel and chop them along with some garlic cloves, onions, green chillies, ginger and mix together with tomatoes and other ingredients. Add salt, pepper and lime juice to taste along with 3-4 spoons of tomato ketchup.
Homemade Mayo Jar
For this, you have to first whip 6-8 eggs together with 1 cup of olive oil, 1 spoon of dijon mustard paste, a bit of cream and some salt and pepper to taste. Whip together the ingredients in a mixer or blender till creamy and frothy. Keep in clean mason jar and gift it.
A homemade jam makes for a great gift too. For this recipe, you have to take about 2 pounds of fresh strawberry that is washed and cleaned. In a big pot, take about 1 litre of water with about 1 kg of sugar. Add a dash of salt for balancing flavors and juice of about 2-3 lemons to balance taste. Let the strawberries boil in the same. Keep stirring. When they are jammy and mashed to a great texture, cool and store in mason jar.
Crackers With Pesto Dip
This is a pie that can be done easily at home. Put as bottom layer. Blend a handful of basil leaves with some garlic, parmesan cheese, olive oil, pine nuts and salt to make a pesto sauce. Gift the pesto in a jar and biscuits in a separate pack to use as dip.
These are really fun to make and so easy. But they are really useful as a gift because they don’t spoil. Just take coarse sea salt and mix it up with your favorite herbs like oregano, thyme, parsley. You can store each salt in different jars and gift the entire set.