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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Blackberry syrup

We had picked about 3 gallon of wild blackberries last evening and I decided to make some syrup to use for drinks. So here are the instructions. Easy enough. Enjoy and blessings from the McGuire homestead.

Blackberry Syrup

1 lb Blackberries
2 pt White wine vinegar
2 lb Sugar
4 oz Honey

Place the blackberries in a glass or china bowl and pour the vinegar over. Leave to stand for at least 24 hours, stirring and pressing the fruit regularly, to extract the juices. Strain the liquid into a large saucepan or small preserving pan and bring to the boil. Add the sugar, stirring until it is all dissolved, then add the honey, stirring well. Bring back to the boil and boil hard for 5 minutes. Allow to cool completely. Originally this syrup was bottled and stored, one tablespoon being added to a glass of hot water to form a bedtime drink. However, the syrup can easily be frozen in ice-cube trays and then stored in bags in the freezer to be used when required.

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Pokeberry Mary said...

Very interesting recipe. I have tons of wild blackberries, I haven't used any because we're not overly fond of the taste--and they have so many seeds. I wonder what this tastes like.. bet is a sort of medicinal tonic. Have you tried any of it?

stella said...

Hi Mary, this makes a nice refreshing drink mixed with water, plain or fizzy. And they are good for ya over all. But we do like blackberries. If the seeds bother ya, you can make some wonderful jelly by making them into juice and straining out the seeds.