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A tart and savory gooseberry jam to serve with lamb, roast turkey, pork or wild game pie.
I had more gooseberries to work with today and decided to adapt the previous recipe to make a tart and savory jam for meat dishes. The gooseberries growing near the garden have ripened to a lovely ruby red color. I wonder if they are domestic gooseberries, as the wild bushes on the trail have ripened to a deep purple color?
I mixed the red gooseberries together with the wild gooseberries from the trail and made the jam.
Savory Gooseberry Jam with Bay Leaf
1 cup water
3 cups sugar (I only used 1-1/2 cup of organic sugar for more tartness)
4 cups gooseberries
6 small whole bay leaves, fresh or dried
Heat the water on the stove. Mix the sugar in until it is dissolves and add the bay leaves. Allow the mixture to boil down for about 10 minutes.
Add the berries and allow to boil, stirring frequently, for 20 minutes, or until mixture has thickened. Skim off the foam if needed. Remove the bay leaves and place one bay leaf into the bottom of each sterilized jar. Pour jam into jars to within 1/4 inch from the top of the jar. Mix the jar around with a chopstick or small spoon to release any air trapped under the bay leaf. Seal. Makes 6 half pints.
I also made another batch of raspberry jam, started a jar of raspberry vinegar and froze more raspberries for winter smoothies and sauces.
1 cup raspberries
500 mL white wine vinegar
Place raspberries in jar and crush them with a wooden spoon. Pour in the vinegar and seal. Keep on your counter for 1-3 weeks (longer for a stronger vinegar). Strain and pour into a decorative bottle.
Note: I poured a whole new bottle of white wine vinegar into the jar. Then I washed the label off of the bottle (it’s a pretty bottle) and will use it to store the raspberry vinegar when it is done with a new cabinorganic label. Speaking of labels, come back tomorrow and I will show you how I make mine.
Below, raspberries for freezing.
I just had to end with this shot of Lucy, taken today. She has a ‘hot spot’ on her leg which is really itchy. To keep her from licking off the medicine, I have made her wear a shirt for the past three days. Today’s shirt matches the berries. My neighbor L, just dropped off an Elizabethan collar for her and I will use it tonight. Good night, everyone!
Poor Lucy, but she looks so cute in the shirt 🙂
She was so sad and dejected in the Elizabethan collar last night. Kept bumping into things and standing still with head hanging low. So I sat by her bed and pet for for 20 minutes straight before bed. Her hot spot is looking better already. And I only have the collar on at night (and the shirt by day except on the hikes). I should do a complete fashion show one day. She’s been wearing three different shirts and sometimes I put hats on her. She absolutely hates this. Just looks at me, not at all impressed!!!
I wished I looked that good in a shirt!
ha ha… I’m not taking the bait but you know damn well that… 🙂 You probably own a shirt just like this, too! I got this one at a thrift store so I don’t mind sharing it with my hairy beast.
Hi, I hope you can teach your nephews a thing or two about mother earth.
I heard they are coming to Edmonton. They are so much with technology, they need some Nature talks………..
I trust they will love it there.
You keep amazing me!
Should I warn them that I have no TV and slow internet? Perhaps they should sleep in the tent… There was a bear sighting here 4 days ago… that’ll keep things exciting for them!!! Yes, time to unplug!!!
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I realize that I missed the boat by a few years here, but I thought it was worth asking anyway… Where did you find the gooseberries? I’m in Edmonton and have been foraging saskatoons like a maniac, and only just learned about gooseberries, but I don’t know where to find them, or what environments they thrive in. If you happen to read this and could give any direction, it would be SO appreciated!
Also, just discovered your blog in an attempt and finding out more about gooseberries – it’s so awesome!
My apologies for the late reply as I am just getting back to my regular blogging schedule. I am finding the gooseberries randomly along the trail I walk each morning and evening here at Pigeon Lake. The soil is quite sandy in this area so maybe that has something to do with it. There aren’t too many bushes so I only get a small batch of jam every summer. I also have a domestic gooseberry bush in the back yard to top up the wild ones. Lucky the foliage is unmistakable, which makes spotting them easier. There is a provincial park here at Pigeon Lake. I haven’t been there yet but the terrain is very similar to my back yard and may have some good berry-picking!
So glad you found me! Please feel free to share any good berry recipes!