When life gives you raspberries….

raspberries

This was this morning’s harvest. Not bad considering we did a thorough picking yesterday, and that I use a “three in the bucket, one in my mouth” method.

Most of our raspberries end up in the freezer and are enjoyed through the fall and winter in smoothies.

Today, I decided to try something new: a raspberry shrub. Shrubs are sweetened, vinegar-based concentrates infused with fruits, herbs and/or spices. They can be used to make refreshing, non-alcoholic cocktails to enjoy in the warm, summer weather.

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To make this shrub, I put 1 cup of raspberries, 1 cup of sugar (you could use honey), 1 cup of apple cider vinegar, and a strip of lime peel in a non-reactive pot. On medium-high heat, I brought the mixture to a boil. I then removed from the heat and let it sit for twenty minutes before straining into a heatproof, airtight container. I let it chill in the fridge. When it was ready, I added two tablespoons of shrub to a glass of ice and soda water. Amazing! I will definitely be experimenting more with shrubs.

In addition to being delicious, shrubs are also thought to have some health benefits.

  • enhancing weight loss
  • stabilizing blood sugars
  • lowering cholesterol
  • maintain alkaline ph
  • promotes detoxification of the liver
  • eases digestion
  • fights free radicals to reduce aging  

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

 

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