Wrapping Up 2018
Happy new year everyone! My favourite way to bring in the new foraging year is to wave a fond farewell to the previous one. I do this by literally wrapping up everything I have left from that year’s foraging exploits. I make up a Christmas hamper of foraged goodies and gift them to my family! My foraging slate is then clean, ready for me to start all over again in the great new year ahead. And so the cycle begins again…
Items to Collect in 2019
It helps to have a dehydrator and an extra fridge freezer if you’re a serious forager like me. That way, you can forage and gather throughout the year, and freeze or dry out your finds for future use. A large amount of jars and bottles also come in handy for storing your dry foraged goodies or any jams, cordial etc that you make. I know I’ve mentioned it before, and I’m sure I’ll mention it again… The best place to find the above items, assuming, if like me, you are an avid recycler, is on freecycle.org.
My Favourite Foraging Recipes
My Christmas hamper items were ‘loosely’ based on the recipes listed below. However, I do like to add my own spin on them but I have linked each of them to their original recipe source. I also make gin, brandy and rum but I’ll keep those recipes for another time as it’s quite a long process which starts with making a white spirit base (vodka) and moves on from there… I also grow my own vegetables so I add items such as pickled onions to the hamper. As this isn’t a forged item I haven’t included the recipe. If you would like a copy of the recipe PM me through my Facebook link!
- Elderflower Champagne
- Elderflower Cordial
- Wild Berry Jam I use any available berries, including rosehip, elderberry, rowan and hawthorn.
- Apple Butter There was an abundance of wild apples this year, so my recipe had a good mix of different varieties.
- Crab Apple Jelly. I added chillies, heather and rose petals to my recipe.
- Wild Garlic Pesto
- Sloe Gin
- Wild Mushroom Pate
- Sea Buckthorn Compote
- Wild Berry Cordial. Add a cinnamon stick, a couple of cloves, orange peel and lemon peel and this recipe becomes a fantastic mulled wine cordial for winter…just add red wine and heat.
Happy New Year!
I hope you have fun with some of the recipes above. If you try any of them let me know how you get on in the comments section below. Better still, why don’t you share some of YOUR recipes with ME. I would love to give some of them a go…
I’m looking forward to the new year ahead of me and have made a few foraging plans for the months to come. I’ll share some of those with you in the next post. My main goal over the next 12 months is to have a “Happy New Year” and to be able to look back on everything I’ve managed to achieve. Hint….my list isn’t that long, so it shouldn’t be too hard?
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All the best for 2019, Susan & Caber