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71  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Redcurrant Lemonade Syrup (it's not Bacardi folks, I promise!) on: September 07, 2012 02:09:20 AM
I have this enormous redcurrant bush on my yard. It's taller than me, wider than a barn door and gives incredible amounts of fruit. Unfortunately I don't have incredible amounts of space in my freezer, so I have to think of ways to condense their tastiness. I made this bottle of lemonade syrup for my grandma's birthday this weekend.

It's more of a strawberry candy red in real life, very pretty.

You will need:

2 liters of redcurrants, fresh or frozen doesn't matter. You can cook them with stems and everything, no need to sit around and tidy them up.

7 deciliters of water

6 deciliters of sugar per liter of cooked juice

1 milliliter of sodium bensoate or equivalent other preservative (you can skip this if you plan to drink the syrup within a few weeks of opening)

1 large pot

1 very fine sieve or a not-so-fine sieve lined with a piece of cloth

1 bowl to put under the sieve

1 or more sterilized bottles (booze bottles are handy for this, they're very easy to clean)

1 funnel or very, very steady hands

Rinse the berries and let the excess water drip off, clean out any obvious large twigs and leaves. Put the berries and the water in a large pot (really, this boils tall, make it a large pot) and boil for 10-15 minutes with the lid on. Stir occasionally, crush the berries against the side of the pot with a large spoon. The berries will be a bit paler and shriveled-looking when it's done. Pour the contents of the pot into a sieve and let it drip off into the bowl underneath. Measure the juice and add the corresponding amount of sugar. Let simmer in a clean pot for another 10 minutes, remove any froth or junk that floats to the surface until the liquid is clean. Take a little bit of the liquid in a cup and add the preservative, stir until dissolved and mix with the rest. Pour into sterilized bottles and seal tightly. Store in a cool and dark place.

When you want to drink it, pour into a glass and mix with water to taste. I found the batch I made tasted best with about 3 parts water to 1 part syrup. I'll try to put up a version for people who don't use the metric system as well, but for now here's a good unit converter: http://digitaldutch.com/unitconverter/
72  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Netted Mobius Scarf with matching fingerless gloves on: September 04, 2012 12:31:26 AM
I actually found the exact same yarn but in another colour, unfortunately the link is in Swedish: http://www.ratrika.se/tiffany/1004-1

That translates to, I think, a gauge 1 knitting yarn with 22% wool, 41% acrylic and 37% rayon. It's quite fluffy and shiny though, so it looks thicker than it is.

edit: oh, 10 posts! Fixing pictures.
73  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: My Little Pony plushies (updated!). on: September 03, 2012 12:50:08 PM
Haha, if you feel like making an industry of it you could probably sell the pattern to hasbro! They're adorable, really.
74  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Zombie Doll on: September 03, 2012 12:47:55 PM
Oh, I love her. Really have to get into dollmaking again, my fingers itch when I see this. Smiley
75  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Superhero Cupcakes! on: September 03, 2012 10:32:00 AM
I might actually ninja this idea for my brother's next birthday cake... Fabulous!
76  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Teemo Hat for Hubby on: September 03, 2012 07:35:34 AM
That... Oh God, that hat is perfect. Now to think up a swiping plan... *sneaks off*
77  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Chainmail hematite and silver bracelet on: September 03, 2012 06:37:34 AM
Oh that is lovely! If only I could justify having more jewelry in my collection...
78  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Oh, you fancy, huh? on: September 03, 2012 05:03:14 AM
Haha, I already ran over to my easter box to check for spare chicks.
79  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: What do you do with all your unusable off cuts of fabric? on: September 03, 2012 04:54:09 AM
I tend to use them for stuffing if they're too small for anything else, tbh. I like making little soft toys for my cousins, but I never actually have any "real" stuffing lying around.
80  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Ummm... Hi? on: September 03, 2012 04:43:00 AM
So I've actually had an account here for like a year and I've never posted a single thing. Sorry about that, obviously advanced lurker syndrome.

I''m Swedish, 25, have been crafting casually for just about as long as I remember. Runs in the family I guess, most of my relatives do something crafty in their free time. I have an uncle who paints, my grandma knits socks and my parents' last project was a chimney! O.o

Me, I crochet, paint, knit and I'm pretty handy with a screwdriver when needed.
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