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Thrifty Thursday bargain hunt

The Aldi super-six this week are grapes (snack pack 150g), garlic (4), iceberg lettuce, cherry tomatoes (250g), cucumber and Jersey Royal potatoes (450g). They are all 49p each and the offer lasts until the 3rd of July.

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How to become an expert winemaker | foraging

wine and grapes

Last week when I was taking photos by the canal, I saw wild roses, flowers on the elderberry trees and there were lots of flowers on the brambles. That means if you go foraging there will be rose hips, elderberries and blackberries to be picked soon. That will get you some free fruit and then you have to extract the juice. With soft fruit, a juicer that works on centrifugal force works well and you can extract the juice cheaply. The other alternative is to put them in a saucepan with a little water; simmer for a while and mash. Then you can strain the juice off. (more…)


How to become an expert winemaker | crystal bright

wine and grapes

The hardest part of making wine is clearing it once it’s finished. You add wine finings, the best is isinglass which is a gel derived from sturgeon. I used to use a brand called CWE, but I’m not sure if that is still available.  I used the various supplies like pectin enzyme that was produced by Young’s Home Brew and i think their website is worth visiting. You can syphon some wine off into a plastic soft drinks bottle, fill it about half full. Then add your wine finings and shake the bottle to disperse them through the wine. The finings should be kept cool, if they get warm, the gel becomes too liquid. The wine and finings mixture can then be added to the bulk of the wine. (more…)


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