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Recm'd Me a Rosehip Syrup Recipe - the one that toddlers used to drink!
Mon 27-Sep-10
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irridium
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Embarrassingly, I still drink Ribena hot when I'm in need a something warm & comforting. I know, it's rather silly and childish, but it's was the next-stage up from that gorgeous, sweet rosehip syrup that you could get in Boots in small bottles. They did an Orange-flavoured one that my younger sister liked best, but mine was the Rosehip one.. Over the decades, I've noticed that they no longer sell this anymore, I think my daughter had it couple of time 20 yrs ago, but nowadays it's all Fruit Shoots and God knows what else there are.

 

Is there a sweet enough recipe that you can recmd that is closest to the flavour of the rosehip brand that I had. I'm not sure whether it was made by Cow & Gate. Bit of a long-shot I know. Maybe one or two of might understand what I'm talking aboutroll_eyes

Mon 27-Sep-10
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Hi Irridium

 

We have a version of the wartime recipe for rosehip syrup here on the site

Tue 28-Sep-10
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I might have a go at doing something with rosehips. There are lots on the bushes near work. The thing is, I know absolutely nothing about when to pick them. Do you pick them while they are still slightly firm or do they need to be soft and 'ripe' like other berries?

Rosehip syrup might make a nice squash, added to fizzy water, or a long drink added to gin/vodka and soda water... I'm mainly just thinking out loud here...

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Wed 29-Sep-10
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If I am correct in my understanding, once squishy rosehips are going off!!  I pick them when they are as red as possible, but not squishy!

Thu 30-Sep-10
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I picked rock-hard rosehips recently and had to put them in the freezer for a few days until I could get round to making the rosehip syrup recipe.  Not sure whether it was the effect of freezing, but they whizzed up really well in the food processor, into nice chunky bits, and were great when mashing - didn't take much time at all to cook down.  I found the end result was quite syruppy and a bit too sweet for my taste, but when a good measure was diluted with boiling water it made a great hot toddy - more citrussy, and less sweet.  I prefer the toddy to the straight syrup.  It was great for calming a hacking cough - just the ticket. medicine

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Thu 30-Sep-10
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I picked a tubful of rosehips this afternoon, carefully avoiding any squishy ones. I've just finished washing them and coarsly chopping them in the food processor. I saw a recipe on another website where the chopped rosehips were layered with sugar in a jug to extract the juice, instead of boiling, so I've done that to start with to see what happens. If any syrup comes out, I'll reserve that then I'll do the boil/strain/squeeze extraction from Fiona's recipe and combine the various bits of syrup together.

While I was out picking them, I bumped into a couple out walking their dog. When I said what I was going to make, they told me about them having rosehip syrup during the war!

Also, I was collecting the hips in a small fermenting bucket with a white plastic lid, about 10 inches in diameter. The dog picked up the lid and ran off with it, probably thought it was a frisbee! I got it back eventually.

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Fri 1-Oct-10
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sounds fun!!!

 

I have just spotted another huge batch by the roadside near me that I would like to pick this weekend; should bring my total weight up to 3kg!!smile

 

The method of layering the roships with sugar seems a good one Bob; I may try it with some of them.

 

I want to make rosehip syrup and pate de fruits with mine!!

Wed 13-Oct-10
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hi fn and everyonesmile

i didn't get to rosehips last week as i've been rather poorly with a bad cold.. but afterwards when i got a bit better, i had decided to go but via a new garden nursery that i've been intending to visit all yr.. oops, i spent too much, and ended up getting 6 x 1.5l pots of dumped perennials from their back yard! on the way back (walking home 4miles on foot) across the fields, i came across sloes first and found them much easier than the rosehips to pick, so that's what i've done instead. 

how do you all manage to pick the rosehips without complaining? i found them most vicious! whereas, sloes if in abundance on a particular tree-y shrub, they're in clusters and so much easier to pull off..

i would still like to gather rosehips for making the syrup, as my cold and chesty cough is still with me. unfortunately, i live in the inner-city of nott'm so i have to go when i've the time to go out at the w/ends.

Thu 14-Oct-10
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I didn't do anything with the paltry 300g we picked last weekend, so I put them in the freezer. I'll be off out up the lane on Saturday though as I saw bushfuls of them and I have should have time to play with them.

I like the look of the recipe Fiona put in her blog, but I'm keeping an eye on bobquail's sugar layering method too.

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