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Wednesday
Feb132013

my heart bEEts for you!

I loathe beets.  You may know this.

I used to like them until one unfortunate night—which we won’t get into here—and now I just cannot eat them.

BUT.

That doesn’t mean I can’t find other uses for this tastes-like-the-earth vegetable!

how to make a beet stamp // edible perspective

I know what you’re going to say.  You need to roast the beets!!  They taste like candy!!

I am afraid my taste buds disagree.

how to make a beet stamp // edible perspective

However, I have found a few other uses for them.

First, I was thinking about Valentine’s Day cards and how I’m always drawn to the $7.99 Papyrus cards with loads of glitter, adorable 3D heart cut-outs, and sweet little notes on the inside.  But then I remember they go into the garbage about a week later.  We do save some cards but for the most part we don’t keep them around too long.

For the past year or two I’ve tried to make my own cards which saves money + lets me have a little creative fun.  Sometimes it happens and sometimes I still buy overpriced cards.

The first trial I made is in the photo on the left.  Carving the entire beet-half into a heart did not work as well as the method on the right.

how to make a beet stamp // edible perspective

Then I started thinking about creating a recipe or two using pureed beets as a natural red dye, ie: red velvet doughnuts, pancakes, etc. 

And then I thought…

Beets stain my fingers and everything else they touch.

Maybe they can stain paper?

Maybe I can cut the beet into the shape of a heart?

And then the beet stamp was born.

The blank cards are from Michaels, 10 for $.99 with envelopes!

how to make a beet stamp // edible perspective

With a few personal touches these cards were done in no time at all.

how to make a beet stamp // edible perspective

How to Make a Beet Stamp

  • 1 dark red beet
  • pairing knife
  • blank cards
  1. Trim the top + bottom of the beet off.
  2. Wash and dry the beet.
  3. Slice the beet in half from the stem end to the bottom.
  4. With a pairing knife, carefully draw a heart into the cut side of the beet.
  5. Carefully carve away around the drawn heart so the heart stands out about 1/8 – 1/4 inch.
  6. Lightly wet the heart with a damp paper towel and press onto your card. 
  7. Re-wet lightly as needed and let your card fully dry.

Tips:

  • I found it worked best to place the bottom tip of the heart on the paper first and then continue to press the rest down.  This worked better than simply pressing it down flat.
  • If you’re not getting the full shape of the heart to show up, try scraping the surface of the heart carefully with a pairing knife to help smooth it out.  If it’s still not working, you may want to try again on the other half of the beet.
  • Cutting the heart out this way worked much better than cutting the beet-half into the shape of a heart as shown in the 3rd photo of this post.

how to make a beet stamp // edible perspective

Just a little something special for the ones you love.

how to make a beet stamp // edible perspective

This year is going to be hard to beet…

10 years of dating!

5 years of marriage!

We both turn the big 3-0!

Chris takes his professional engineer licensing exam!

I have a book coming out!

Bring it, 2013!  We are ready.

Ashley

Reader Comments (32)

So cute! I hand make all of my cards too! They are definitely better that way. I will have to try this :)
February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor
How cute - and yes, looks like it will be an amazing year for you!
February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharla
tastes-like-the-earth veggie <3 you, ashley.
Love this idea, so so cute!
February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbby @ The Frosted Vegan
such a cute idea! and i'm impressed with your beet-heart cutting skills, i don't know if mine would look so smooth :)
February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather @ Heather's Dish
Totally didn't see a beet stamp coming when I started to read this post! Haha--that is SO freakin' creative. Hmmm....I wonder what other stamps you can make out of food ;)
February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura (Blogging Over Thyme)
What a cute idea!! Though, I'd like to eat the beets after making the card. That's cool, right? I won't make you eat any. ;)
February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Talk Less, Say More
@Ashley - Just saw your post on beet brownies!! Too funny! :)

@Heather - With a small, sharp knife it was super easy! Promise.

@Laura - Expecting a sappy love post? hehe

@Katie - Totally cool...and thanks for not making me eat any. :) Although, I will definitely be roasting and pureeing them to use in a few upcoming recipes!
February 13, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
That is such a cool idea! I'd make one half a stamp and eat the other half! I wonder if the golden beets would do the same thing?
February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaria Tadic
so very clever of you! I have a love/hate relationship with beets... it can be overpowering when juiced and I can never cook them long enough, ending up being for too crunchy. Maybe I should stick with stamps too :)

Wow, what a year for you!! Enjoy every. single. moment!
February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChrista @ Edible Balance
Totally cute idea! I remember in elementary school we would make potato stamps. I love that with the beets there is no need for any dye.
@Maria Tadic~I don't think it would work with golden beets, they don't really "bleed" red like the red beets do.
February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnna {Herbivore Triathlete}
Good luck to Chris on taking the PE! Dan is currently studying for the FE this spring. Funny enough, I'm the one who has taken it, even though I'm not a practicing engineer...
February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
What an absolutely genius idea! I need to try this ASAP :-) What a terrific year 2013 is shaping up to be for you and Chris--congratulations!
February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey @ Pas de Deux
I agree: beets don't taste like candy--they taste like dirt. Of course I actually love foods that taste like dirt--coffee or stout, anyone?--so that works out pretty well for me. I love the idea of a natural stamp, with no ink required. :)
February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEileen
Beet stamp. That is very genius :) I haven't really had beets before. . . I got as far as destroying my Oster blender with them (smoke and stuff) and gave up. I might just have to give them a try, after I cut them into hearts :)
February 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersonia the mexigarian
This is genius! You're so creative, and of course your photos are as gorgeous as ever :)
February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmma
Very clever!!! I wish that you would've shared a picture of what your hands looked like after carving the beets ;) Happy Valentine's Day! <3 My blog is ALMOST ready, and I'm so excited to list you on my blogroll! Thanks so much for the advice a couple months ago. :)
February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteph Tulman
@Emma - Much appreciated :)

@Steph - They actually weren't too bad! You're more than welcome for the blog advice. Best of luck to you!
February 13, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
You two are adorable. 2013 is YOUR year :) XX
February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAshlae
Such a great year for you guys!! Congrats on it all <3
February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaley @ fullnfit
This is an adorable idea!!
OMG. Where did the tops go? They are the best part. Just like spinach, but with a taaste kick. Tender steamed with a touch of butter. Yum.
February 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeff/Dad
You are so super duper cute. I did the same thing with potatoes this year....but had to dip them in paint first. I like your idea better...except for that I love beets and will probably roast them after wards because they DO taste like candy to my tastebuds. :-) Happy Valentine's Day, friend!
February 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
OMG THIS IS AMAZING!
February 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjessica
What a very cool idea! And it sounds like you have a sweet year ahead of you :)
February 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Blonde Ambition
@Jeff/Dad - Gross. No. I just can't do beets. I am shocked you like beets and beet greens! Blegh! :)

@Katie - That's a great idea! But yeah...I guess you can't cook the potatoes after, hehe. I will ignore the part about you thinking beets taste like candy. ;)

@Jessica - Thanks, love!
February 14, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
You're so creative! And what an exciting year! :D
My husband turns 30 this year, too!! Are you going to go all out?! I'm trying to decide if this is something I want to do for him or not! Love the stamps :)
February 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterchar eats greens
This is just the cutest thing I've ever seen.
February 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAli @ Inspiralized
I LOVE beets! and This is just the cutest thing I've ever seen!
So cute!!
February 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany

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