From the Hands,
Because Who Doesn't Like to Eat?
Mother's Day ……. there is normally at least one meal during that day that I don't need to plan, cook, or clean up from. Having a meal planned and prepared is appreciated and is a huge help to any Mom, whether she is working out of her home, away from the home or is a busy stay at home Mom. So here is a great Mother's Day brunch idea, it takes a little time to prepare, but it's very easy and as promised it comes “From the Hands and the Heart”. It also makes a lovely gift from your heart and hands to give to any mom, grandmother, friend or as a housewarming gift.
Today I am going to take you through the process I went through the other day to make amazing homemade Nanking Cherry syrup. This syrup is amazing drizzled on waffles or pancakes along with fresh fruit and whipping cream or drizzle it over ice cream or add to sparkling water for a fresh taste. I am excited to share this with you as this is my own recipe and it uses far less sugar than most recipes; plus there is no need to have pectin in your pantry or on your shopping list.
During my last trip out to the Island, I just had to splurge and get the Euro Cuisine Steam Juicer. A new item at Colleen’s store on Gabriola Is. B.C. It is a stove top juicer that can be used for any fruit or vegetable. Tomato Juice made this way is without description as it tastes as pure and clear as it looks. This appliance cleverly uses steam to extract healthy juice. The resulting wonderful, healthy juice from this juice steamer is completely clear without pulp or extra chunks, pits or seeds. This means you can use or can/preserve the juice right away without the added straining steps. Making clear jellies is a snap. The Euro Steamer also saves you extra work because you can juice it right into your sterilized canning jars and seal them immediately, as the juice is hot and sterile. This is a great perk for people who like to prepare large batches juice. Some other things I love about the Euro Steam Juicer is the fact that I can be busy doing other things or prep other food items or jars while it is steaming my fruit into juice, as it does take some time to process. Yes this could be considered a downfall, but to a busy mother it's truly a blessing as my daughter, who loves to help with everything in the kitchen, can help rinse the cherries and put them into the upper pot of the juicer. Creating far less mess than a her usual, very helpful two year old self creates and it is done quickly leaving us time to colour, do a craft, or just play and read. I only need to check the pot every once in a while to make sure it didn't boil dry. My daughter’s favourite part of this juicing is of course the testing and enjoying the end result for days to come. By using steam to juice and not and not having any pulp or core pieces in the end product, the result is very sweet juice with no bitter undertones. So when I juice apples it tastes like real apples. No need to drain or strain or add anything to make it sweet. Since apple juice and my daughter’s favorite juice, I am comforted to give her pure unsweetened juice. The juice will last up to two weeks in your fridge in a covered container but we all know juice never lasts that long anyway, so no need to worry about that.
How to Make Delicious Juice: To start, I would simply rinsed the fresh fruit, making sure there were no stems. My cherries were fresh picked last season, rinsed to remove any dust or stems and frozen. By using frozen fruit you have on hand, there is no need to fret if you don’t have fresh or in-season fruit. Next, put the cherries directly in the steaming basket. The bonus here is that “No pitting is required”. Fill the bottom portion of the juicer with water, place on stove and turn onto a high temperature until the water boils. Once the water boils, turn your stove down to a temperature that maintains a rolling boil and then put the rest of the juicer pieces with the fruit inside, on top of the bottom portion and maintain rolling boil and just wait for the magic!!! My 5 cups of cherries steamed for an hour and then I turned the burner off and left the juicer on the stove to cool. The only things you need to worry about while your juice is steaming is to make sure your water doesn't boil dry and that you don’t over flow the juice reserve area. So every once and a while drain some juice out of the spigot. As I have not done cherries before I didn't know how much juice I would get so I kept a close eye on this. Once cooled, drain your juice out of the juicer and your done! Couldn’t be easier.
Now my recipe below will work with juice from any brand of juicer however my 5 cups of cherries produced 5 cups of juice, not many juicers are able to produce this much juice from cherries. With the Euro Cuisine Steamer the cherries do not have to be pitted which would be quite a task with the tiny Nanking Cherries. So this is my favorite juicer for this reason along with no peeling or straining. The following is my syrup recipe. Now I can't wait to use and create more healthy and easy recipes with my Euro Cuisine Steamer/Juicer.
Nanking Cherry syrup:
5 Cups of juice
3 Cups of sugar
Juice from 1 fresh lemon
Put all ingredients into a pot, stir and simmer for an hour and a half. Stir every once in a while to prevent burning. ENJOY!!!
This is great on pancakes, waffles, drizzled over ice cream or added to sparkling water. Share your ideas for more uses for this syrup with us. We would love to hear from you.
here is the link to the Euro Cuisine Juicer, Colleens carries this one among a few others juicers both in store and online *
if you use discount code "Juice" you will get free shipping in Canada!!