Thursday, 27 July 2017

Foraging



I do love foraging, its really nice to be able to enjoy natures harvest.

Whilst going for a walk on Sunday I spotted some blackberries, I was quite surprised to see then ready so early.







So out came a little plastic bag (us foragers are always prepared) and I proceeded with the picking.

I had some Vodka left, so added some right into the bottle with some sugar, and the rest were bagged up for the freezer.

Making a delicious winter tipple.




Yesterday I decided to go on the same walk and see if any more had ripened.

I took the others out the freezer and used some of the fresh ones and made two jars of seedless jam. With the sugar used it worked out about 40p a jar and a little electric which works out a lot cheaper than a decent jam from the shops and I know exactly whats in it.

There are still a few left which I will be using tomorrow in baking.

Capturing the taste of summer.

Anyone else been foraging lately?

26 comments:

  1. Sorry if I've already posted this I lost signal just I sent it. In this last week I have collected field mushrooms and huge blackberries. I've also spotted a apple tree in a country lane growing wild. So I'll be checking that out next week to check their ripeness.

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  2. Sadly no it is one of the things I do miss about our old house in Lincolnshire, it was great for blackberries.

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    1. Oh shame, but you have plenty of beauty around you to make up for it.

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  3. The thornless bush in our garden is producing ripe fruits, and as I walk each day I can see the wild ones are almost ready for picking

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    1. How lovely to be able to pick from the garden.

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  4. No, but my blackberries are ready too! Very early this year. I do love a seedless Bramble Jelly, and I think that brambles are one fruit that does need removing from the pips!

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    1. Yes I agree, I couldn't make a jelly I had no apples, so I settled on seedless I can't stand pips in my teeth, not nice.

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    2. I've never put apples in my Bramble Jelly, just the strained juice, sugar, and sometimes lemon juice, depends how tart it is. I have wild brambles along my old Pembrokeshire stone hedge so don't have to go further than my back door for wild berries!

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    3. I see good idea, how wonderful just to be able to step out the back door of a beautiful area and get some, I can only dream of that at the moment.

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  5. Here, in northern Michigan, it's beginning to look like blueberry season! I foraged for about an hour and came back with about two quarts. Hopefully, I can get out again, soon.
    Debbie

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    1. Wild blueberries, what a treat Debbie

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  6. Blackberries are ripening here I noticed yesterday. Also bullace plums that are lovely as a sauce with roasts.

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    1. How lovely to get some wild plums, I guess they must be like Damsons?

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  7. yum, lots of goodies being produced in your kitchen. Good luck with your newest book xx

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    1. Thankyou Sadie, I have sold quite a few paperbacks already really pleased xx

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  8. Oh how I wish I had places to forage nearby.
    Those blackberries look lovely.
    Congratulations on your latest book !

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    1. Thankyou Nil and thankyou for becoming a follower.

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  9. I can't abide blackberries due to a surfeit of being sent blackberrying every year by my mother and the resulting blackberry vinegar we were made to drink in the winter.
    However Andy loves them and will no doubt pick some and I will make him some apple and blackberry pies for the freezer-x-

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    1. What an awful memory for you Shelia x

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  10. My children adore blackberries and this time of year seem to graze on them whenever we leave the house lol.
    X

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    1. Free fruit to good to say no to isn't it x

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  11. Delicious. It's quite early for blackberries isn't it? There aren't any around here yet and I missed out on the raspberries unfortunately. I'm hoping to get some blackberries when they ripen and some elderberries. X

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    1. It is early Jules, I was surprised to see them. xx

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  12. Got some nice bilberries over Cannock Chase !

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    1. Did you how lucky, I have never seen them before, thankyou for becoming a follower Jeanette.

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