- perk Aug 5, 2011 07:03 PM
I was at the farmers market and saw mulberries. Tasted one and found it interesting. Bought some, and now that I'm home....I have no idea what to do with them.
Complicating things....I don't really like desserts. So pies and jams are out.
I know...what was I thinking?
I get caught up in the farmers market thing....even though I'm there every week!
Any have any interesting recipes or ideas?
I've got a big and very prolific mulberry tree in my back yard and every year I've lived here I ask myself the same question, now what?
My mulberries are quite mild flavored, but I've used them in muffins, I've made mulberry syrup, for topping pancakes, waffles, or ice cream, or mix with seltzer for a refreshing cordial, mulberry jam, which I used to glaze chicken breasts and pork chops, ate them out of hand, that's about it, I'm not that big on mulberry pies, cobbler or grunt. I highly recommend making jam, which concentrates the somewhat bland mulberry flavor (from my tree, anyway) and can be used as a sauce base for savory dishes, poultry, pork, lamb.
Basic Mulberry Syrup
2.5 lbs mulberries
2 cups water
4 cups sugar
1/2 cup strained lemon juice
1/2 cinnamon stick
Put mulberries and water in a saucepan, cover and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes until mulberries are very soft. Mash in the pan with a potato masher. Set a colander over a bowl and line with fine muslin. Pour in mulberries and leave for 2-3 hours, making sure the base of the colander is above the surface of the juice. Press pulp down to extract remaining moisture. Discard pulp and pour juice into a clean saucepan. Add sugar and stir over heat, without boiling, until sugar is dissolved. Add lemon juice and cinnamon stick and bring to the boil. Boil rapidly for 5 minutes or until the syrup coats the back of a metal spoon. Pour into hot, sterilized bottles and seal when cold. Store in a cool, dark place.
This year I did nothing with them, I'm a bit mulberried out.
I too have a mulberry tree in my yard, and have always run out of ideas around mid-august of what to do with them, having had waffles, pancakes, cobblers, syrups, pies, ice cream topping, and salad additions out of my ears.
This year though, I think I've only eaten 3 berries total. Have a couple of kids and let them run loose in the yard, you'll have no more problems with an over abundance of berries. :)
Ate about that many myself this year.
Years ago, my grandma in Boston had a tree, and as kids we'd clean it out; kids always eat them. I don't remember her doing anything with the berries at all, but she made wine, so who knows. My cats eat them sometimes, I've seen them, and my big white cat guy came in last year in with purple stains on his butt.
When I was a kid we visited the home of my mother's childhood best friend and they had a mulberry tree. I was fascinated. Here was a huge tree with what looked like giant purple raspberries to me. I remember eating a lot and somewhere there is a photo of me with a purple mouth and hands. I really wanted my dad to plant a mulberry tree but he said they were too messy. We already had apple and pear trees, strawberries, grapes, and strawberries and my parents chose not to indulge me. As an adult I understand why, as a kid, I was quite disappointed.
Do mulberries freeze ok?
re: John E.
John, they do, but freeze them individually on a sheet pan, first, then pop them into a Ziploc bag. If you attempt to freeze them dry packed into a bag, they'll become a solid block of berries.
Just scoop out what you need of the individual frozen berries when you're baking.
All these mulberry memories, kinda nice.