Gathering rosehips and making syrupTuesday, October 25, 2016
Rosehips confuse me. There are more types than just the one I understood a 'rose hip' to be. Each autumn I see a lot of these big,plump juicy looking hips on bushes nearby. This year, I made it our mission to pick some and to make some syrup.
I wore my new jacket from Lighthouse to keep out the draught. Love the colours!
I had two recipes in mind, one for each hip. Both required a rinse and weigh up. Then a swift macerate. The bullet hips were a b*tch it really has to be said, as they flatly refused to be chopped in the food processor and rattled around like marbles until I admitted defeat and arduously chopped a bit into each one.
For the wetter mix the recommendation here suggested 2 litres of water to 1kg of fruit, which was very watery (it suggested straining and more water again, which I declined to do), then half the amount of brown sugar as fruit.
Then after a lonnnng drippy strain and a messy squeeze, it's back to the pan for the liquor and to stir in the sugar.
the hedgerow cookbook which I bought and am totally in love with). I did add more water at the fruit boiling stage as it did seem very sticky-dry.