I will return to my canning now as the bitterbrush is blooming along with ragweed & am still not feeling well since my allergies got out of control yesterday with resulting asthma this AM. I am staying inside today & not cutting more squash until tonight or tomorrow. Thank you for your help.
If it were me and I was wanting to harvest Raspberry leaves and only had a few I would turn the few into a Raspberry leaf vinegar. The vinegar will extract the vitamins and minerals from the leaves. Tasty!
For the Juniper...what do the 'brown' berries look like inside? How do they taste? Do they give you a sense of 'life' or do they come across as 'dead' medicine? If they don't seem like a medicinal how about incense.
(I'm also deep in the season of canning, drying and freezing)
I am trying to dry/can as much as possible due to the cost of electricity.
Thank you for your help.
One of things I have done with raspberry leaf....to consider for the future....is that when the runners come up in another place outside of your patch, you can cut those to the ground and dry them. If you have just a few raspberry leaves, I say don't pick them. (Unless you really need them.) See if you can find a friend who has a more plentiful patch.
Peace and Gratitude, Julie
Crowsdaughter, I might try your method if we go over to a friends ranch to get blackberries/blackberry leaves. I think you live in an area with a reasonable amount of rain & water. While things grow, it is only with a fair amount of effort & only where the soakers are. I know one small town in CA is trucking in water. The branch of the river near my house is completely dry.
Rosered, I am glad I can just use what I have.
When I make tinctures using DRY material I'll fill the jar 1/2 to 2/3rds full then I add alcohol or glycerin to cover...usually I'll add more liquid a couple days later if the fairies have been taking their share off the top
FRESH herbs I'll fill the jar with herb and then add enough alcohol to cover.
If your plant matter is out of the alcohol it is okay to push it down in the jar and add more alcohol.
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