Monday, September 08, 2008
I love the idea of wild food -- it's fresh, tasty, and best of all, free! I wish I could say that I'm brave enough to hunt for wild mushrooms, but I'm fairly certain I'd end up in hospital if I tried. I'm much more confident about berries and seeds, and I really enjoy taking a basket out for a bit of foraging.
Yesterday, I found lots of blackberries, elderberries, rosehips, and a few crab apples. Using my handy jam maker/steam distiller, I made a lovely batch of hedgerow jelly. The recipe is dead easy. Use equal parts of the cooked/strained juice of your hedgerow bounty and sugar. I didn't use pectin because of the crab apples, but you could add a dash (or substitute jam sugar) if you feel the jelly won't set.
Posted by gracefruit at 5:15 PM