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yogurt in the dehydrator

Making yogurt in the dehydrator

My husband loves his yogurt.  He loves it so much that he makes it himself and eats nearly a quart each day at work.  Yes, a quart.  He credits it with curing his persistent toothaches and with boosting his immune system.  I’m not sure if others have similar results, but he has definitely noticed an improvement.  Today I am going to walk you through how we make raw milk yogurt in the dehydrator.  It is only one of many ways, but it works very well for us. Continue reading

processing pumpkins

Processing pumpkins – What to do with them all

Despite my not planting any, I harvested a few pumpkins this year from my volunteer garden.  Since the killing frost a few weeks ago, they have been sitting on my counter taking up space and waiting to be processed.  Today I finally got around to tackling at least some of them.  I started with three large pumpkins, two small pumpkins, and a Hubbard squash.  The three large pumpkins are now in the freezer as purée, ready to become pies. Continue reading

Too many raspberries cordial

Too many raspberries cordial

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Too many raspberries cordial {Recipe}
Here is an idea for all those raspberries spilling out of your fridge.
Too many raspberries cordial
Course Beverage
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Passive Time 1-2 weeks
Servings
pints
Ingredients
  • 2 quarts raspberries fresh is preferred, but frozen will work, too
  • 175 ml vodka 80-100 proof
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 quarts water optional if you want to dilute it
Course Beverage
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Passive Time 1-2 weeks
Servings
pints
Ingredients
  • 2 quarts raspberries fresh is preferred, but frozen will work, too
  • 175 ml vodka 80-100 proof
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 quarts water optional if you want to dilute it
Too many raspberries cordial
Instructions
Day 1
  1. In a very large (6-quart minimum) bowl or pot, dissolve sugar into vodka.
  2. Add berries. Cover and set aside for 1-2 weeks.
Day 7 (or anything up to 14)
  1. Strain out the berries using a single layer of muslin or a several layers of fine cheesecloth. Squeeze all the juice out.
  2. Transfer to storage jars and label. The vodka should take care of the preservation as long as it is strong enough. If you used a lower proof of vodka, you may want to store it in the refrigerator.
  3. Enjoy the boozy berries that are left over, but don't share with the kids.
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Too many raspberries cordial

Recipe: Too Many Raspberries Cordial

As I mentioned on Thankful Thursday a couple of weeks ago, I found myself with more berries than I know what to do with.  I have a lovely cookbook called The Country Kitchen Cookbook that I picked up at my church‘s book sale a few years ago.  It has a recipe for raspberry cordial.  I have made it for a couple of years now.  My first batch came out fantastic.  It was still quite good a full year later.  The batch I made the second year did not work so well.   Continue reading