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pitmanuk

  • Joined Jan 2013
Wild Nettle Cordial
« on: May 10, 2013, 11:57:16 am »
just finished the first of this years batch.



for the amount in the picture (and more) the recipe is (x5)
just wondered if anyone else would like a crack

its a family fav and use a good use for nettles which are a super food.

200g nettles (top 4 inches only)
40g citric acid
1kg sugar
500ml boiling water

add water, sugar and citric acid together and stir until dissolved.

when water reaches 70*c take off heat and add washed nettle tops

stir until nettle are covered with syrup and ten cover with tea towel

leave for one week, stir daily.

strain out liquid through muslin and store in bottles.

once opened use within 4 weeks and keep refrigerated.

let me know how yours turns out.

jamie
« Last Edit: May 10, 2013, 12:02:23 pm by pitmanuk »

FiB

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  • Bala, North Wales
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Re: Wild Nettle Cordial
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2013, 01:29:24 pm »
ooo  that looks lovely will try some.  Unexpected colour!

The Mobile Butcher

  • Joined Jan 2010
  • Whitby North Yorkshire
Re: Wild Nettle Cordial
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2013, 07:08:42 pm »
Hi,
I'm thinking of giving this a go too,..............does the cordial need watering down when ready, I'm guessing it does, like orange squash. :thumbsup:
 
thinking about it, a cordial should be watered down :thinking:
Paul - The Mobile Butcher

zoe_emma

  • Joined Apr 2013
Re: Wild Nettle Cordial
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2013, 07:11:33 pm »
I Might give this a go. I'm not sure what colour I thought it would be but it wasn't that one!
What does it taste like? Never made things from nettles before

pitmanuk

  • Joined Jan 2013
Re: Wild Nettle Cordial
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2013, 08:03:47 pm »
 yes it does need watering down and it gets heavily watered down as its really strong so it lasts a long time.

the taste is very sweet and refreshing. just make sure you use gloves to pick them.

i managed to pick a kilo last ;D week with no stings and was very chuffed

Clarebelle

  • Joined Jan 2013
  • Orkney
Re: Wild Nettle Cordial
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2013, 08:44:56 pm »
I am definitely going to give this a go!  :thumbsup: Do you know how long it would keep if the bottles were sterilised and sealed? I'm thinking a little bottle would make a great xmas pressie!

Greenerlife

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Leafy Surrey
Re: Wild Nettle Cordial
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2013, 10:39:50 am »
I wore gloves, but my wrists have been stung to death and are swelling...eeek!  this had better be worth it!  ;D

Greenerlife

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Leafy Surrey
Re: Wild Nettle Cordial
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2013, 05:15:15 pm »
I wore gloves, but my wrists have been stung to death and are swelling...eeek!  this had better be worth it!  ;D


Oh yes it was worth it!  Thanks for the recipe - did one bottle which definitely won't be enough and I have plenty of nettles!

Clarebelle

  • Joined Jan 2013
  • Orkney
Re: Wild Nettle Cordial
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2013, 05:57:33 pm »
I'm planning on doing this next week, can't wait!  :excited:

FiB

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  • Bala, North Wales
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Re: Wild Nettle Cordial
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2013, 09:08:36 pm »
me too - just got my citric acid.   :excited:

sokel

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  • Joined Jun 2012
  • S W northumberland
Re: Wild Nettle Cordial
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2013, 11:04:38 am »
We are going to give this a try, just need the nettles to start growing  ::)
Graham

pitmanuk

  • Joined Jan 2013
Re: Wild Nettle Cordial
« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2013, 02:33:40 pm »
hi sorry haven't been online for a while. glad you enjoyed it.

hafod

  • Joined Jan 2013
Re: Wild Nettle Cordial
« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2013, 08:47:13 am »
Bottled ours yesterday - yum!
Thanks for sharing!  :thumbsup:

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Wild Nettle Cordial
« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2013, 12:18:57 pm »
Our WWOOFER, Cara, started ours yesterday, along with the dandelion beer. Both smell fab. Pity she'll be away by the time they are ready  :(

little blue

  • Joined Jun 2009
  • Derbyshire
Re: Wild Nettle Cordial
« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2013, 03:31:03 pm »
Rosemary, our dandelion beer is ready this weekend, the wine mid June ... already had a taste of the beer and it should be fab!
going to try nettle wine / beer, might do a cordial too... :)
Little Blue

 

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