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Rosehips
Thu 23-Sep-10
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miffy63

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I went blackberry picking today and came home with rosehips too with the intention of making apple & rosehip jelly & rosehip syrup. This is something I've never done before...! wave

Thu 23-Sep-10
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wave  Hooray, another new member!  Welcome Sarah, we'd love to know more about your ducks and chickens etc¦and let us know how you get on with the wild harvest.

I'll try that again!

Thu 23-Sep-10
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Warm welcome Sarah - sounds great - I made some marmalade yesterday, all the jars are sitting lined up on the worktop.

I make mine (very frugally), by saving all the citrus peels, cutting them ready to marmalade, and then freeze them. When I have enough, I add orange juice, and sugar - hey presto marmalade!

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Thu 23-Sep-10
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brightspark said:

hey presto marmalade!


 

I've never heard it called that before...big_laugh

I'll try that again!

Fri 24-Sep-10
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Thank you for your warm welcome smile. I've managed to avoid the rosehips today by making Cornish pasties instead...I will do it tomorrow! 

The ducks and chickens are all different ages - ranging from 2 to 3yrs old down to just a few weeks. sadly we lose quite a few to the fox each year so throughout the summer we encourage them to be broody.

Fri 24-Sep-10
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It's years since I had a Cornish Pasty, it was in Arwenack Street in Falmouth, tasty and hot.

Sarah, can you not fox-proof your ducks and chickens?  I'd be very miffed (whistle) to lose any that way.

 

I'll try that again!

Tue 28-Sep-10
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We do fox proof them as best we can but the chickens get out into the woods, you can never be 100% foxproof - last year a fox got in via a shed roof and down a branch that had fallen in the wind, it killed 4 ducks and a bantum and her 8 chicks!

Tue 28-Sep-10
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What awful luck, I do hope that nothing like that happens again.

I'll try that again!

Tue 28-Sep-10
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and here's me hoping to make a foxproof chicken ark.

I must look for some rosehips to make some rosehip syrup (just to get back on topic whistle)

Tue 28-Sep-10
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Ooooh...I'd love to have chickens, but I'm renting and I don't think the landlord would appreciate it...I did some rose hip syrup the other day using the Cottage Smallholder recipe, the first time I've done anything with rosehipssmile, and it turned out tasty but a bit thin; I think I need to boil it a bit more..I didn't reduce it quite enough. Two things--the hips were hard and the food processor didn't chop them well. I ended up putting them in a plastic bag in batches and bashing them with a rolling pin( my daughter and her friend came running in asking 'what's going on????')  One question...In the recipe, it says  to 'top and tail' the hips, but in the apple/rosehip jelly recipe it says to just chuck the hips in the water. Is there any reason for the difference? I've been getting very small rosehips for the most part and topping and tailing them is a pain....

Wed 29-Sep-10
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If you strain the stuff I think it is fine, at least I hope so confused

Thu 30-Sep-10
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Tonight it took me about an hour to top and tail 600g of rosehips surprised Next time I might just give them a wash and see how things turn out whistle

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Fri 1-Oct-10
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Momghoti why don't you ask your landlord, we rent and we can keep chickens so you never know.

This afternoon I'm making tomato relish, 3 ginger cakes and 3 tea loaves to sell outside the front of the cottage... star

Fri 1-Oct-10
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Well I hope you have somewhere dry to keep them whilst waiting for sales.  I'm guessing that you are having rotten weather too?

I'll try that again!

Fri 1-Oct-10
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We have got the rotten weather and yes we have a purpose built shelter we sell from so no worries there!

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