Friday, August 23, 2013

Good Memories...


I braved a walk down the fairly steep bank to the water's edge this afternoon to see the flowers.

They are commonly referred to as Joe-Pye weeds. I have been able to identify wild weeds that produce flowers throughout the years as my mother had taught me as a child.  







In the years past, we always made elderberry jelly, syrup and pie. We've made dandelion wine but not elderberry wine. I wonder why? I recently came across a recipe that I used in the past. The trick was to use real lemon juice and NOT the "Real Lemon" that the grocery stores carry.  We also made mint jelly from leaves we would pick down by the stream nearby. If it wasn't so much work for me now, I'd still be in the kitchen making big messes for enjoyment by all. While going through a box of recipes I found this one for both that was used in the 70's.  I even remember adding a pat of butter at the end to make the skimming process easier! (That tip isn't in the recipe given.) We had a "special old pot with a spout" for melting the paraffin which was washed, and kept for reuse the next year after the jelly was gone. My brother is making mint jelly at his place as I write. Perhaps you'd like to try it?


Sometimes the elderberry bushes are difficult to locate after the berries are ripe. These are in a wood nearby and by the lake's shore.
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4 comments:

  1. My great grandmother used to make home made grape jelly. I can still remember walking into her house and smelling the aroma. I have never tried it. I'm too lazy....too easy to go and buy a jar at the store.

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  2. Oh this brings back so many fond memories. We used to make special trips to the higher mountains in late summer to pick chokecherries. My mother use to make chokecherry jelly. And the paraffin wax procedure....fun, fond memories.

    Now, today I read that some parts of chokecherries is poisonous. Hmmmmm, guess she knew what parts weren't. We all survived. lol

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  3. I particularly like the third picture. I ate my fair share of dandelions when I was young. My mother boiled them then added olive oil, garlic, a dash of hot pepper and who knows what else. You ate a lot of bread with them. It was an acquired taste.

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  4. I particularly like the third picture. I ate my fair share of dandelions. My mother would boil them, drain the mix with garlic, olive oil etc. You ate a lot of bread with them. It was an acquired taste.

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