Friday, 28 August 2015

A Blue Day

I wish I could say it was all blue skies, it has been intermittent blue skies and showers.
My blue day is Blueberries I have harvested about 3lb of them so far and is there is still more to come, as they have been harvested I have been freezing them, I thought about doing something a bit different with them this time.
after a bit of search on the internet I came across a easy kid friendly Blueberry Cordial recipe,
perfect with grandchildren coming for the week end, Martin is bringing them back with him.
The recipe is 3 cups of blueberries, 4 cups of boiling water, 4 cups of sugar, 4tsp of citric acid or 4 tablespoons of lemon juice.
 throw it all into a saucepan and heat it up stirring to dissolve the sugar, once dissolved mash the blueberries with a potato masher to release those juices, then leave to cool overnight to bring out as much flavour.
Next day sterilise a couple of bottles, strain the juice and fill your bottles
 dilute 1 part juice to 4-5 parts water its lovely with a couple of crushed chocolate mint leaves.
Because this hasn't been processed it should be kept in the fridge and it will keep for 6 months the citric acid/lemon juice helps as a preservative.
you could also freeze in ice cube trays then pop into bags,  couple of the cubes would be about 1 part just add the water.
 It is also suppose to be lovely made up with boiling water as a warming winter drink.
Now don't throw away the mush from straining
 You could add this to some other fruit and make a crumble or serve it with ice cream, pop it in the freezer until you need it.
 My mush I have spread on a tray and its being dehydrated, I will then break it all up and use it dried added to granola.
I made up some of the cordial and set some ice lollies
I switch over to a lolly mould I could remove the lollies from when made, I keep them in a tub in the freezer, these are some lemon lollies I made when I made some lemonade, the other moulds I found annoying as you had to wait until the lollies were eaten before you could make any more. This way I can have lots of flavours made up.

Apple sauce left over from yesterdays sauce making 
 It was spread on to dehydrator trays
 this is it a dehydrated fruit leather
rolled up
And cut into snack size pieces, These have been popped into an air tight tub for the kids this week end, the others have been vacuum packed for future use.
 
Just waiting for my visitors to arrive and need to get some bread on, Bovey Belle from blogland popped in this morning for a rag rugging lesson bringing with her a lovely strawberry sponge whats left the kids and Martin will enjoy, also some collected seeds for me to grow on next year.  We chatted the morning away browsed books and a little crafting, BB also visited all the livestock and our new additions were photographed.

Everyone I have met through blogging have been really lovely people :-)


23 comments:

  1. I made youngberry cordial last year - it was fantastic!! But, water bathing it is out of the question - the bottles are too high to fit in my pot, so into the fridge it had to go. Do wish I could water bath it and keep (many) bottles in my larder... ;)

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    1. I know nothing about cordial, can you use quart canning jars and then water bath.

      Ann

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    2. You could water bath proccess them in quart jars and decant into a bottle when you open a jar :-)

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  2. Right, busy weekend ahead, blueberry cordial making (have plenty of boughten ones in the freezer which will be prepared by removing pesticides before using), and perhaps trying some fruit leathers as I have the first of the windfalls from the cooking apple tree and need to dry all the top bits of that wonderful celery you sent me home with. Keith was amazed at the size! That's when I'm not making my rag rug! I haven't stopped cutting since I got back but now my back needs a rest.

    Thankyou for such a WONDERFUL morning. I haven't enjoyed myself so much in years and learned such a lot, especially about the Alpacas - I shall never stretch my hand out to one again . . . Your proper polytunnel is so much hotter than mine but we have Next Door's fence line behind where ours is and they cast shade at this time of the year, especially when it has been cool and windy anyway (no trouble last year).

    I have had to hide Place of Stones as I began to read it and knew it was one of those books I wouldn't be able to put down.

    Once again, thank you so much for such crafting inspiration this morning - I was sad to wave goodbye to your little bit of paradise.

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    1. It was a pleasure to have you and you are welcome anytime :-)

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  3. There is a nice circle of people following my blog and whom I follow, it's nice to be able to participate in such great company, I hope you enjoyed your morning. Thanks for the recipe, as always great to know.

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    1. Its lovely meeting folowers and swapping ideas :-)

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  4. Sounds like you had a lovely time with BB. OH loves the blackcurrant & blueberry cordial I made, he says it's much better than shop bought.

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    1. I hope to be picking Blackberries next week and plan to do some cordial from them as well :-)

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  5. I wish I lived I Wales it seems to be the 'happening' place. Would absolutely love to have tutorials from all you clever ladies and gents that live there.

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    1. If you are ever here on holiday we could fit a few sessions in :-)

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  6. You are a really 'cool' Grandma... what lovely treats. Jx

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    1. Thank you I like to introduce them to the simple side of life :-)

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  7. The cordial sounds great. Hope you enjoy your visitors and that you all have a great time. xx

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    1. The kids are having a great time :-)

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  8. Can't grow Blueberries for nothing around here. Even tried amending the soil and it never works. You are one lucky canner!!!!

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    1. Mine have been growing in pots but will be going into the ground this autumn as we have acid soil here :-)

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  9. Such a lot of useful hints and tips. thank you. I'll keep following you when we move so I make sure my preserving goes well.

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    1. I will be watching your blog with interest :-)

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  10. Wow 3lbs, how many bushes is that from?

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    1. I have 4 bushes 1 early 2 mid season and 1 late season :-)

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  11. We get a good blueberry harvest every year but I never thought about making juice. What a great idea. Love the idea of the lollies too. What a great summer treat.

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    1. I am making more lollies from fresh fruit and want to try some coated in chocolate at some point :-)

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