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Foraging in June – preparations for a workshop

I love making the most of what grows around me and being able to share it with you at our popular knitting workshops. June means there are flowers everywhere, and some of these are great for cordial making. Last week I went out hunting for elderflowers and luckily these are very easy to find. They grow happily in hedgerows near parks and football pitches and I did not have to go far to find what I needed.

Elderflower bush

 

Elderflowers in basket

I picked around 50 of the lovely white flowerheads, enough to make approximately 4 liters of cordial. I roughly followed the recipe from the River Cottage website. They have some great advice for foragers and people wanting to make the most of the produce around them.

Elderflowers in pot

I started by cutting of most of the stems and checking them for bugs. I then placed the flowers in two large pots as I was making double portion and haven’t got one big enough to accommodate everything in one go. I grated the zest of my lemons, put it in with the flowers and poured boiling water over. It is then recommended to leave the flowers covered overnight to extract the most flavour.

Elderflower cordial

The next day add the lemon juice and strain the liquid through a cloth to remove impurities. Add sugar and bring it to a boil. Boil for a few minutes before pouring into sterilised bottles. And voila! You have successfully bottled summer!

Elderflowers blue wall

I will be serving this cordial at our July workshop which is now sold out and also at the following workshops (disclaimer: only available as long as stock lasts). You can book onto a workshop by clicking here.

Let me know if you try making cordial too and how you get on with it!

Kari-Helene xxx

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