Sunday, August 23, 2015

Salal Berries ~ Harvesting for Jelly

Our second time harvesting salal berries (aka smiley berries) for jelly and syrup!  Picked quite a bit more this year than last.  The best tip for harvesting these berries is to use scissors to cut off the whole stem (which is hopefully loaded with berries!) :)  Salal don't pull off cleanly like blueberries, so it you try to pick them individually, you will just make a huge mess!  Since we are straining the juice for jelly, it is easy to remove the stems, etc. later. 
 
Our friend Tilly helped us harvest this year!  Can you tell she was excited. :)  
~More of the berry pickin' gang~ 
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I found this old school strainer that is the same as Tyler's mom's, at the thrift store for $5!  I was so excited! This is what we use, (with cheesecloth) to strain out all of the seeds!
 
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And here is our yield for the 2015 season! 
(I couldn't pass up the fancy metallic purple mason jar lids!)
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Salal is the new favorite around here.. It isn't really a peanut butter and jelly sandwich type of jelly though, because it such a strong flavor.. Perfect on bisquits!
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