2020 was a banner year here for elderflowers and, later, elderberries. The amazing bounty allowed me to make wine, syrup, and – a first – liqueur. After nearly six months of infusing, the liqueur was ready for bottling!Continue reading “Wildcrafted: Elderberry Liqueur”
What happens when you marry the sweet and juicy flavors of fresh orange water kefir and the crisp and uplifting notes of homemade pine needle-infused vodka? An incredibly smooth and complex drink that will make the holidays very happy, indeed!Continue reading “Farm Tipples: The Conifer Crush”
Did you know that you can infuse vodka with pine needles and create a uniquely delightful foraged liquor? Not just a pretty evergreen, pine adds teasingly complex flavor to the blank slate of vodka.Continue reading “Wildcrafted: Holiday Pine-Infused Liquor”
We’re surrounded by the incredible beauty – arguably, mundane beauty – of wildflowers. Some belong to what we call “weeds” (undeservedly pejorative), but each has its charm, value, and/or use. While I truly do appreciate their aesthetic appeal, I also appreciate the range of wines that can be made from the edible flowers: some delicate, some bold, and all unique.Continue reading “Winecraft: Working Wildflowers”
I never cease to be amazed at how useful my Instant Pots are…and how easy they’ve made cooking. When I came across a recipe for elderberry syrup made in the IP, I had to try it. I wasn’t disappointed!Continue reading “Wildcrafted: Elderberry Syrup – In The IP!”
It’s been a banner year for the elderflowers (sadly, the same can’t be said for some other flowers and plants, like the day lilies that fizzled out early, probably due to the dry conditions), and visions of a bumper crop of elderberries – and elderberry syrup and wine – dance in my head. If those visions become reality, I have pollinators like this tiny bee to thank. And I wholeheartedly do thank them!