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Pride of the Prairie… The Wild Black Raspberry!
Posted: 22 June 2011 12:58 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Hey ya’ll! The squaw and I have been pikin some good mulberrys for a couple weeks now and have been itchin to pik some black raspberrys…...well yesterday was a blowout! it seems that all our wild raspberry patches are heavy with bushels of nice dark purple succulent little jewels! We managed to pik a whole basket full in no time and i do have to say that half of the berrys never even made it to the basket!!!LOL….... been eating mulberry muffins for awhile now… but now I get to eat yummy yummy raspberry jam and slamma bamma thumbprint cookies! dont ask 4 the recipe though folks! She guards her recipes like a starved rabid tasmanian devil protecting her pups! how bout all ya’ll?! ya’ll pik these wonderful gifts that summer brings!???MMMMMmmmmm

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Posted: 23 June 2011 07:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I introduced my son and his friend to the art of mulberry picking the other day. Problem was, both of them are only 6, so I had to pull limbs down low enough for them to pick the berries, which didn’t allow me to enjoy nearly as many as they did. As far as raspberries go, I have not been out yet but will have to drop by a couple of my hot spots now that I know their out.

Still trying to picture a big tough country boy who speaks of mountainmen and trapping as you do, deep in the forest with a little wicker basket picking berries. That has to be a one heck of a sight! I fear for any young boys out for a wilderness trek that inadvertently cross paths with you deep in the woods. Their little minds might be scared for life.

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Posted: 23 June 2011 02:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I don’t have to go far. I transplanted about 20 plants about 3 years ago to a 50’ section of chain link fence in my backyard. White flowers everywhere about 2 weeks ago. Now the little green fruits are ripening (I’m in northern IL). Should be an outstanding year. My wife makes a fabulous blackberry cobbler. Can’t wait.

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Posted: 24 June 2011 07:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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We have a nice domestic patch as well, so I don’t go looking for the wild ones much.  Have never picked mulberries either, will have to give it a try, as they are abundant near my house.  Last year, we made a batch of rasberry wine.  Have only sampled two bottles so far.  Came out very sweet, more like a liquor.  It’s pretty good mixed with club soda—home made wine cooler. grin

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Posted: 24 June 2011 02:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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hopefully I dont scare anybody off…..well actually that would be somewhat good cause i hunt private property!LOL…....but i am really not that menacing (I HOPE), Im just a big cuddly grizzly bear!LOL and yes I do get teased by my buddy when i pik berrys, he always asks if i skip in my sundress as i pik berrys!LOL but thats ok… I get to enjoy the fruits of this so called “womans activity”! lastnight she made a black raspberry cheesecake, along with absolutely outstanding mul/raz muffins…....still got plenty of berrys to chase through the ivy and there will be at least one more good week of berry pikin….MMmm I can feel the antioxidents workin right now!.....LOL…....adn i do have to say ol’ murdy has the right idear!....gettin your antioxidents and catchin a buzz at the same time!!!! cant beat it!! LOL

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Posted: 25 June 2011 05:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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sooooo….murdy….. how about sharing that raspberry wine recipe????....... what methods do u use?? and how many raspberrys does it take to make a “batch”????

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Posted: 25 June 2011 07:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I used a recipe posted by G over at the SILO website, here’s the link:
http://www.siloutdoors.com/showthread.php?t=16341
I used the second recipe.
Most important thing in wine making is to keep your equipment very clean.  You don’t want local yeasts and bacterias contaminating the wine—some bacterias will turn it into vinegar.

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Posted: 25 June 2011 08:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I also made strawberry wine out of the first recipe on this page last year:
http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/reques5.asp
This site has a lot of good general info.  This recipe didn’t come out as well, but I think it was probably something I did wrong.  The wine had a touch of a yeasty taste.  It was drinkable though.  I’m letting it age some more to see if it gets any better.

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Posted: 27 June 2011 12:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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THANX! I will definitly be chekin those out! too bad they dont have a “wine topic” on this forum! Do u use a hydrometer? and if u do…. how good is ure stuff!? .....oh wow! I jus went to the silo sight and i am 4 sure tryin that recipe!!! thank u G and MURDY!!!!!!!!

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Posted: 27 June 2011 12:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I do have a hydrometer, but I’ve never used it to check alcohol content, just to see if the specific gravity is low enough to bottle.  Judging by my taste, the rasberry is pretty potent, the strawberry not so much.

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Posted: 29 June 2011 01:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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nice! do u make elderberry wine also? im seeing them everywhere this year…...have never tried em but have heard lots about em!

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Posted: 29 June 2011 08:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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I haven’t yet, we have a smaller elderberry bush on the border of our yard, but it doesn’t yield enough to make a batch of wine.  One of these days I’ll get out there and find some.  Before last summer, I hadn’t made any wine in a long time, just now kind of getting back into it.  I’ll definitely do another batch of rasberry this year, but try to get it a little dryer.  Never seems to be enough time to do everything I want to do.

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