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Hawthorn Ketchup
Sun 9-Sep-12
3:32 pm
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Just made my annual batch of this... cos it is yummy!  We eat it loads with pork , which we eat a lot as it is the only cheap meat here!

 

It comes from the River Cottage preserves book

 

500g hawthorn berries (cleaned and destalked etc) try to find the big fat juicy ones; there are many varieties!

300ml water

300ml vinegar 

160g sugar

 

Boil the berries in a pan with the water and vinegar for around 30mins, until the berries are soft and split

Push the resulting pulp etc through a mouli; the pips are big so it isnt easy!

Return to a pan with the sugar and bring to boil slowly, then boil hard for 5 mins

Pour into sterilised bottles and store in a cool place; is fine for at least a year. 

Makes 2 small jars/bottles

Sun 9-Sep-12
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Thanks for this recipe. Hawthorns are plentiful here and this looks like a very good use for them. smile

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Sun 9-Sep-12
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Steady with the hawthorn berry stuff, my neighbours here use it as a tonic to stimulate/ regulate  the heart....might set your pacemaker off if you have one....eeekeeek

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Sun 9-Sep-12
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what_the_heck I thought I read it lowers blood pressure and to avoid it if you're on medication for same. I don't have any such problems myself but I shall have to read up on it again. I shouldn't think a dollop of sauce now and then would hurt.

I made a sort of schnapps last year, intending to use it as an alternative to pulling my hair out when things go haywire. Then I decided putting ample amounts of sugar in it would be a great idea but I still haven't tried it out in a crisis yet.

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Sun 9-Sep-12
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Thanks, definitely something I want to try this year.

 

Does anyone have any good recipes for Rowan berries other than the jelly?  We have so very many trees here laden with berries and it seems a crime to let them go to waste...

Sun 9-Sep-12
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maggenpie said:

what_the_heck I thought I read it lowers blood pressure and to avoid it if you're on medication for same. I don't have any such problems myself but I shall have to read up on it again. I shouldn't think a dollop of sauce now and then would hurt.

I made a sort of schnapps last year, intending to use it as an alternative to pulling my hair out when things go haywire. Then I decided putting ample amounts of sugar in it would be a great idea but I still haven't tried it out in a crisis yet.

Here is some more info, both good & bad. I agree with Ruth that a little sauce every now & then would be fine. 

 

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Sun 9-Sep-12
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Rob12 said:

 

Does anyone have any good recipes for Rowan berries other than the jelly?  We have so very many trees here laden with berries and it seems a crime to let them go to waste...

You can make a schnapps with them, recipe here.  

Here is some general info about them.

 

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Sun 9-Sep-12
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Hi Hattie,

 

Thanks for the schnapps recipe, will give that one a go.  Will make the ketchup and jelly this year and if I can find enough of the other wild berries around here will do a batch of hedgerow jelly, leaving out the sloes this year (even though I only put a handful in last year the jelly was bitter).

Sun 9-Sep-12
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use the sloes for the gin!  Best and only use for them I say!

 

I have also regulalry made the hawthorn brandy as suggested... absolutely delish!!

Tue 25-Sep-12
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If you don't have a mouli what's a good alternative method?  For the hawthorn ketchup recipe.  I always thought a mouli was a sort of manual food processor but that doesn't sound right in the context of this recipe???  what_the_heck

Tue 25-Sep-12
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wave  A sieve, a wooden spoon plus a strong arm & a lot of patience !!  laugh

 

Good luck. 

 

I have used one of those metal potato presses & that sort of works but is rather messy as you have to keep cleaning the debris out & it is hard on my rheumatic old right hand & wrist.  roll_eyes

 

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Tue 25-Sep-12
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Aha - I thought it may be that style of thing, thanks Hattie.  cheers

Tue 25-Sep-12
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A Mouli is used to separate seeds and skins from fruit and veg, much used to make baby-food from the adult variety, it doesn't chop things up like a food processor will.

I'll try that again!

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mine is a sort of sieve with a sleeve that is rotated round and round and pushes the pulp through the sieve; much easier than sieve and wooden spoon!

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mine came all the way from the USA (thanks Michelle) and sounds the same as shelleys, it is great, but is a bit of a faff to clean (not got dishwasher)

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