Personally, I’ve never gotten into canning foods, even though I know it’s a vital skill to have.
One day, I’ll do it. But for now, I’ve got a fun workaround.
When I was studying herbalism at Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism, Claudia Keel (teacher/herbalist/CEO), showed us how to prepare Rose Hip jam without having to cook and can the end product.
It was the simplest recipe.
She put seeded dried rose hips into a mason jar and covered it with apple juice. That was it!
No added ingredients, no cooking, and no sealing the jar in a hot water bath.
The rose hips soaked up the juice, and since they are rich in pectin, it naturally thickened the spread without any added pectin.
Since this spread is not cooked and sealed, like a traditional jam, it has a shorter expiration date. Use it within two weeks.
It’s no muss, no fuss, very easy, and totally delicious!
Be sure to purchase the smaller, finer rosehips from Flower Power NYC or Mountain Rose Herbs, otherwise they will stay crunchy and hard. And, you’ll be angry instead of joyfully enjoying some rose hip spread on your favorite piece of sourdough toast.
- ¼ cup dried organic rosehips
- ½ - ¾ cup organic apple juice (or grape juice)
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- ½ tsp. powdered ginger
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
- Raw local honey to taste (optional)
- Combine rosehips, apple juice, lemon juice, spices and honey in an 8 oz mason jar.
- Sit on the counter for a couple of hours and then refrigerate overnight (or until all of the liquid is absorbed by the hips).
- Keep refrigerated and enjoy within 2 weeks.
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker, Herbalist and best-selling author. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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