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So one of my Facebook friends, Lisa, had a post about this delicious sounding mulberry syrup. I had some mulberry trees in my yard I wanted to do something with, but did not have the ambition for jam or jelly. I asked my friend for the recipe. What was even better, was it was so simple! Recipe is at the bottom :)
I called up my friend Nicole, to share my idea! Of course she was in. Two mom’s, 6 kids under 5, shouldn’t be too hard right? Go ahead and laugh now, it’s ok. Thankfully we didn’t have to go anywhere other than my yard.
So we set out one Thursday morning, with kids cranky and colander in tow. The first tree was already past and the birds had taken most of it. The good thing with mulberries is where there is one, there is probably more. So we headed into the windbreak. Sure enough we found one along the back side of the trees. Kids taking turns with the colander, me in a tree, Nicole picking what she could from the ground and catching what I threw down. Kids snacking on the pickings, winning, and seeing what they could find on the ground.
Once we got about 2 cups worth we called it good and headed back to the house. Neither of us do winning kids well. The kids got to playing and we headed to the kitchen. Remember the simple I like? Blender, pan, cheesecloth, and a jar was all we needed. We didn’t wash the berries, because we knew what had been on them. If you are gathering wild, I recommend washing them with Fruit and Veggie Soak. Pat them dry then blend them up. Squeeze through a cheesecloth, or mesh strainer, into a pan. Add sugar, boil and jar. We were done in under 30 minutes in the kitchen!
Later that week my sisters visited and we cooked up pancakes and sampled it. It was delicious! Kids approved too! It keeps in the fridge for two months without canning too!
2 cups mulberries
¾ cup of sugar
Blend mulberries in a blender
Strain through cheesecloth into a pan
Add sugar and bring to boil
Turn off heat and Jar (makes ~1 8oz jar)
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