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Very Berry Ferments


JLR - May 17, 2017 - 0 comments

 

I love berries. Not only are they full of anti-oxidants and vitamins, they are also really tasty and the variety is endless. The only fresh berries that are around at the moment in abundance are raspberries and gooseberries. My favourite are blue berries so I have used some frozen ones. Lets get merry with berries!

Honey Fermented Spicy Berries 

Not only is this a visual treat, it is also very versatile. Drizzle the honey over your kefir flapjacks and add the berries to your cultured yoghurt. Ferment them in a pretty jar and they will make an ideal gift especially around Christmas time. You will end up with honey flavoured berries and and berry infused honey, what a win!

Raw honey is full of enzymes that will help to culture the berries. The berries add moisture as well as lactic acid which is why this is such a great ferment. Remember that honey is also a great preserver, which does mean that the ferment will take a bit long but it will last for ages.

You will need –                                                            

Berries. I used frozen blue berries and fresh gosseberries(Use a firm berry, strawberries may go mushy)

Whole cloves

Cinnamon Stick

Crushed ginger

Juice of an orange

Honey

Jar with a lid.

How

Wash and dry the berries and lightly bruise them.

Place them in the jar along with the cloves, cinnamon, ginger and orange juice

Top up with the honey almost to the top of the jar and put on the lid.

Place in a warm spot out of direct light.

Turn the jar daily for 2 weeks. It should start to bubble and the honey will get thin. Leave it for about 4 to 6 weeks.

Voila!

Berry Jelly

This is a great little treat for kids and adults alike. If your children don’t like the taste of kefir, they will definitely like these, so it is a clever way to introduce kefir into their eating plan. Get adventurous at your next dinner party and add a dash of liqueur.

You need

1 Cup of berries. I used mixed frozen berries.

1 cup of milk kefir                                                                                              

1 cup of water

2 tablespoons gelatine

¼ teaspoon vanilla powder or essence

Sprinkle of cinnamon

How

Heat the berries on low heat until they break down into sauce. Mash any of them that are still solid.

Add the vanilla and cinnamon and stir

Mix the gelatine with the water  and add to the berry mixture and stir

Allow to cool completely and stir in the kefir.

Pour into a square baking tin lined with baking paper or into small moulds

Place in the fridge to set and enjoy!

There you have it.

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