How to Make Fermented Rosehip Soda

how to make rosehip soda - this old-fashioned recipe is fermented so it's actually a healthy, probiotic soda.  I love this!
It’s a great time of year to collect rosehips. They are all over the place here in England, where my family is living at the moment. Rosehips are popular wild sources of vitamin C, have numerous herbal benefits, and they have a really nice flavor.

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The problem with rosehips is that they can be a bit hard to work with, because they have hairs inside with the seeds. So I am always looking for uses that work with whole rosehips. This fermented rosehip soda is perfect and very low-maintenance. You just boil the hips for flavor, and strain them out.

I love to brew my own ciders and wines, but it’s really nice to have something quick and kid-friendly on-hand, too. This is a great way to use foraged herbs, flowers and berries. You can use this method for any fruit, really, and it’s very similar to my method for making fermented rhubarb & honey soda.

how to make rosehip soda - this old-fashioned recipe is fermented so it's actually a healthy, probiotic soda.  I love this!

How to Make Fermented Rosehip Soda

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh rosehips, with the stems and ends removed
  • 3/4 cup raw, local honey or sugar– brown sugar or sucanat would be nice
  • Some kind of culture– you can use sauerkraut juice or whey from strained yogurt– you only need a tablespoon or two
  • A demijohn, an airlock, a funnel and swing-top bottles.

Instructions

  1. Put the rosehips into a pot, and add 8 cups of water. Bring to a simmer.
  2. Simmer for about 30 minutes over low heat, then cool. I have left mine overnight before, but you don’t need to.
  3. Strain out the rosehipss.
  4. Add the honey or sugar and stir until dissolved. (You can also just save this as rosehip syrup! This is a nice way to make another batch later– you can freeze, then dilute when you want to make another batch, quickly.
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Our Deep Mulch Garden: Final Wrap-Up

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I’ve fallen in love with gardening all over again.

As many of you know, 2014 was the first year I ventured into the world of deep-mulch gardening.

Considering it’s October, I figured it was time to take final inventory of my experience and type out my thoughts and revelations (mostly because I know I’ll forget come next year…)

To sum it up?

Deep mulch gardening is the best thing that’s ever happened to my garden.

Period.

I LOVE IT. I will NEVER go back to bare dirt gardening. Never, ever, ever.

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To read a little background on this my crazy mulching adventure and to learn more of the specifics of this whole deep mulch thang, check out this post where I talk about mulching for the first time, and then this post where I give a mid-summer mulching update.

For those of you who are curious about my final yields and such, here are all the nitty-gritty details—>

2014 Yields from My Deep Mulch Garden

Keep in mind, I have a rather small garden plot. We have plans to expand, but have to build a literal fortress around anything we try to grow (because of wild critters and our barnyard critters), so while putting in a second plot is on the “list,” it hasn’t happened quite yet! However, I had impressive yields, even from my small plot!

Onions

By far, this was the best onion year I’ve ever had. I planted two long rows of purple onion sets and one row of sweet yellow onions. The were SO happy and grew like crazy. My yellow onions were HUGE and just as pretty as the ones you can find at the store.

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Now comes the sad part of the story… Our lovely turkey apparently has an affinity for onions, and wiped out nearly the entire harvest before I realized what had happened.… [Continue Reading]

Homestead Barn Hop #182

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“Cultivating the Homestead Community”

Several weeks ago, I told you how my beautiful onion crop was missing when I went out to finally harvest them.

I was left scratching my head– what type of critter eats onions?? Many of you sent in suggestions, but I still couldn’t find a culprit that made sense.Well, I’m happy to say I finally figured it out. It… was… the… TURKEY.
I remember him being interested in the onions when I was harvesting the few that were left, but didn’t think anything of it until I watched him completely demolish a spaghetti squash this week, rind and all.He had been spending quite a bit of time in the garden, and I just *assumed* he was hanging out looking for bugs, when in reality, he was wiping out three rows of onions… Apparently, Mr. Turkey likes fresh veggies as much as I do…Moral of the Story: Never trust a turkey! ;)

Now, on to the Barn Hop!

This hop is hosted by The Prairie Homestead, New Life on a Homestead and The Elliott Homestead.

Did you share any homesteading related posts on your blog this week? If so, we’d love to have you link up below! Even if you don’t have a blog, we always welcome your comments!

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1. Please remember that the Homestead Barn Hop is meant to be a place to share homesteading related encouragement and inspiring ideas specifically related to homesteading. In an effort to keep our weekly round-up clutter free, links which are not specifically homestead related, and any promotions such as giveaways, contests, carnivals, etc, will be deleted in order to maintain the integrity of the Barn Hop.

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9 Greens You Can Grow All Winter Long

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By contributing writer Anni W. of TheBestGardening.com

The two biggest challenges to growing food in winter are decreased light and freezing temperatures.

But that doesn’t mean you have to give up your fresh garden produce when winter weather approaches. It just means a change in what you grow. Even in places like Canada and Alaska, a little light can go a long way for leafy greens.

Basic rule of thumb: Full sun for Fruit. Light sun for Leaves.

Anything that produces an edible leaf can be grown during the shorter days of winter.

Growing your greens outdoors all winter is possible, but will require a little more planning. You’ll need to grow your plants under row covers or in hoop houses. Choose southern-exposed areas that get as much sun (and heat) as possible. Mulch heavily to protect roots.

You can also grow your greens in pots on a south-facing windowsill. All the greens listed below can be successfully grown in a pot through the winter.

It’s surprising how satisfying it is to harvest your own greens in the middle of winter when there’s snow on the ground outside and the world looks dim and gray.

One reminder… don’t overwater! Indoor plants aren’t exposed to the wicking effects of wind, or the drying effects of the sun. So they don’t need as much water as they would if they were growing outdoors.

9 Greens You Can Grow All Winter

  1. Pea greens
  2. Mizuna
  3. Garden Sorrel
  4. Fennel
  5. Mache/Corn Salad
  6. Salad Burnet
  7. Agretti
  8. Land cress
  9. Arugula

Pea Greens

Pea greens are my favorite – which is why I listed them first. With less light, the pea plant won’t produce peas, but the shoots and leaves still have that wonderful English pea flavor.

Grow a bushing variety, like Little Marvel, in pots indoors, or outdoors under row covers in an area where they’ll be protected from harsh winds and get as much light as possible.… [Continue Reading]