Ward House

Little ‘black’ jewels

IMG_1814Yesterday eve my neighbor gifted us with 1/2 gal of blackberries.  Since it was late in the evening, and energy was waning,I smooshed then cooked these for about 30 minutes.  These smooshed goodies then spent the night in a cheese cloth lined sieve so all the juice would drain into the bowl and I could do something else with the seeds and such.

Did you know that a 1/2 gal of blackberries will yield about 3/4 pint of juice?  After work today I hope to pick more of these little purple/pink jewels.  Any suggestions on what to create with both the juice and the ‘leavings?  If the hens were already here, a ‘what to make with the leavings?’ would not have been asked; my ladies would have devoured them last night.

Our regular garden continues to struggle and produce, despite the high heat and low water.  The last few evenings have seen some rain, though not enough to make up for the deficit.  Some is better than none, eh?

I hope to be out in the garden this eve (unless it rains again).  Cross your fingers.  I’ll take rain any night, without complaint!


July 23, 2010 - Posted by | Cooking, self sufficiency |


  1. I could never get enough juice I just eat them in one mouth full just love blackberries have just planted thornless bushes
    no more thorns dont you just love it 🙂

    Comment by Marcia | July 23, 2010 | Reply

    • I wondered if the ‘low juice’ was due to my process – glad to hear it is not just me. =) And yes, no thorns is BONUS!

      Comment by Annette | July 23, 2010 | Reply

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