The other day as I was watching the girls, I heard a loud chewing sound directly above. I looked up and there were a couple of squirrels feasting on juniper berries. This is an annual event. I don't know why they eat them but I'm sure they have a reason -- it may correct something in their urinary system, or be a fall tonic food, or maybe they just like the taste.
I harvested four cups of gooseberries this morning. I've never made anything with gooseberries and need to find a recipe to use these. Any tried-and-true recipes out there? I know I can look online but that's what I did with some frozen elderberries a few months ago -- randomly found and made an elderberry crisp. It was crisp all right with a little hard seed inside every single elderberry. I was hoping the seeds would soften in the oven. But no.
Don't tell my husband I made a mini-jar of raspberry vinegar. Because he loves fresh raspberries so much. This amount would've made him a nice little dessert tonight with whipping cream on top. But there's this chicken recipe that calls for raspberry vinegar so I had to.
Fill any size jar (this is only a half cup) to the shoulder with fresh unwashed raspberries. Then fill again with champagne or white wine vinegar. Close tightly with a plastic lid and store in a dark cupboard for 2-3 weeks. Strain and store in a cool place.
If you don't have a plastic lid, place a sheet of plastic wrap or waxed paper over the top before putting a metal lid on -- vinegar corrodes. Learn from my mistakes.