Author: Candace Hunter

Strawberry-infused Cider Vinegar

I once had an abundance of strawberries. After we’d canned, frozen, dried, fermented, and eaten all we could, we still had a few pounds left. Inspiration struck as I read the herbal vinegars section of James Green’s The Herbal Medicine-maker’s Handbook. Strawberry-infused Cider Vinegar quickly became one of our favorite herbal vinegars, and with good reason. The flavor is absolutely delightful. The scent is delicious. And, it’s packed with nutrients.

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Sweet and Sour Strawberry Spritzers: Easy Shrub Recipe

A few years back, I made several gallons of Strawberry-infused Cider Vinegar. It was absolutely delicious in salad dressings and drizzled over sweet breads. One day, my son wanted to try something new to drink, something sweet but not as sweet as soda or juice, bubbly, cool, interesting. Thus was born the Sweet and Sour Strawberry Spritzer. For my son, I added a scant teaspoon of honey, but for myself I generally omit the sweetener altogether. Strawberry-infused Cider Vinegar is fairly sweet, to my taste.

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Strawberry Chutney

This recipe is a variation on a mango chutney recipe I found several years ago in Madhur Jaffrey’s Quick and Easy Indian Cooking. I make and can about 10 cups or so of chutney every year, and Strawberry Chutney has an honored place on my shelf. We love this chutney with Indian meals, of course, but also on hot buttered toast and with just about any roasted meat.

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Strawberry Wine Coolers

Strawberry wine coolers were born one year after I’d bottled my Strawberry Melomel and discovered I had about half a bottle left. I’d bottled a lot of mead and wine that day, and I was in no shape to be imbibing any more. Patrick suggested we turn it into wine coolers. They were delightful, and I’ve used a slightly modified version of this recipe to turn a variety of fruits into light, refreshing, lower-alcohol fermentations akin to hard cider.

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Tips for Drying Laundry The Practical Herbalist Way

For fresh, clean laundry without all the chemical fragrance scent so many commercial dryer sheets contain, I use Dryer Hankies. What I like most about Dryer Hankies is their versatility. I can change the scents I use as best suits my family. During flea season, for instance, I like to use a few drops of Thuja (cedar) and lavender essential oils. The Thuja does a terrific job of repelling fleas and the lavender adds anti-bacterial protection to our linens. Orange and Tea tree make a refreshing combination for during and after illness. Rosemary and lavender or Rosemary and Ginger are another couple of combinations I’ve enjoyed.

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The Complete Meadmaker by Ken Schramm

Sue said: This is a well made paperback book in an easy to read format. As an amateur, I enjoyed reading about the colorful history of mead that introduces the book as well as the historical blurbs sprinkled throughout the text. The terms for mead making were clearly described and tools and procedures were presented in a way that wasn’t intimidating. The photographs were often fuzzy, but they always pertained to the text in a meaningful way. As a novice, I would choose this book as the first purchase in an ever-growing library of fermented drink references.

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