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As autumn descends the hedgerows become full of wild berries.  A valuable source of winter food for birds, why not harvest a few hawthorn berries and have a go at making this old fashioned jelly.

Find a crop of berries that appear juicy and are nice and ripe.  Three pounds of berries will make around two jars of jelly.


3 lb hawthorn berries
Sugar – 1 lb of sugar per pint of liquid
Juice of 1 lemon


Take the berries, remove all the stems and wash

Put in a pan, cover with water and bring to the boil

Simmer for around an hour and mash the berries part way through

Strain the mixture through some muslin

Take 1 lb of sugar per pint of juice and put in a heavy saucepan

Add the juice of a lemon to the sugar

Add the strained hawthorn juice

Bring to the boil and stir well to dissolve the sugar

After a few minutes add a teaspoon of the mixture to a saucer and allow to cool.  With a knife cut across the mixture and if a thin skin has formed the jelly is ready

Pour the mixture into sterilised jars and seal securely with lids.


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