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Loadnabox
05-09-2011, 10:07 AM
So I'm prepping for making Oskaarz subtle strawberry and trader Joes canceled their Sir Strawberry! :o

Looking around I can't find anything that's pure unadulterated strawberry (Everything has sugar and/or vitamins added to make a nutrition smoothie)

So I'm figuring it will be easier to make my own juice, buy a juicer and get extra strawberries when I hit the u-pick farm in another week. But I'm not sure how much extra I will need. Does anyone have a good resource for helping to determine approximately how much fruit you'll need to get X amount of juice?

TheAlchemist
05-09-2011, 10:12 AM
No clue.

But I do love my vitamix...

Medsen Fey
05-09-2011, 12:21 PM
As a rough rule of thumb, you can estimate 13 pounds of fruit will give you a gallon of juice.

Loadnabox
05-10-2011, 01:15 PM
Thanks Medsen,

I found this juicer (http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=juicer&hl=en&safe=off&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&biw=1280&bih=605&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=8664046847299080961&sa=X&ei=GHLJTdOhFcbq0QHOnNDiCA&ved=0CIUBEPMCMAE#) for $19.99 at goodwill woot for thrift store deals! Now for more strawberries


oh dear god I'm obsessed with mead now.

AToE
05-10-2011, 01:20 PM
It's scary how fast it takes over your brain isn't it? It's almost like the stuff was a drug or something. ;)

It does seem to come under control after a year or so though (still make lots of mead, just less than before, and less crazy about trying to ferment everything I could get my hands on!).

Loadnabox
05-10-2011, 01:28 PM
My wife will be happy when I settle out some. Right now I still have at least three batches planned.

A Dandelion Mead (dry)
A marshmallow fluff show mead (dry)
Angel Food cake mead (dessert)

and if #2 goes well I plan on expanding it to using a meadowfoam to enhance the marshmallow flavor.

Right now my wife is just sick of hearing about mead :P

In the mean time I'm trying to figure out which one I should try next, I'm kinda split between the marshmallow fluff show mead and the angel food cake mead.

AToE
05-10-2011, 02:00 PM
My girlfriend was soooo sick of me talking about mead, making mead, sick of how every time I was in the grocery store and saw a fruit I'd start talking baout making mead with it... until about 6 months in when she got to start drinking the stuff! Then she was all for it!

Loadnabox
05-10-2011, 02:18 PM
My girlfriend was soooo sick of me talking about mead, making mead, sick of how every time I was in the grocery store and saw a fruit I'd start talking baout making mead with it... until about 6 months in when she got to start drinking the stuff! Then she was all for it!

I'm hoping a batch of strawberry mead will change my wife's opinion ;D

Medsen Fey
05-10-2011, 02:31 PM
Little Wifey still doesn't like it because we don't have have space at the Fusel Shack to keep it out of her way.

I've toned down some, but I still can't walk past the produce section without thinking, "HEY, that might make something good...."

TheAlchemist
05-10-2011, 05:37 PM
A Dandelion Mead (dry)
A marshmallow fluff show mead (dry)
Angel Food cake mead (dessert)

In the mean time I'm trying to figure out which one I should try next, I'm kinda split between the marshmallow fluff show mead and the angel food cake mead.

Dandelions are In Season!

Loadnabox
05-10-2011, 06:35 PM
Dandelions are In Season!

I've already got my dandelions picked, plucked and in the freezer :) (Picking all those yellow petals sure took a long freaking time though)

AToE
05-10-2011, 06:43 PM
Have you ever had dandelion honey? It's pretty unique stuff, I'm going to try a 1 gallon batch of traditional with it soon.

TheAlchemist
05-10-2011, 06:48 PM
Have you ever had dandelion honey? It's pretty unique stuff, I'm going to try a 1 gallon batch of traditional with it soon.

You can get it as a varietal?

AToE
05-10-2011, 06:55 PM
You can get it as a varietal?

Yup, I don't know if there are dandelion farms up here somewhere, or what, but we can get it (or that's what they claim it is anyways).

Chevette Girl
05-10-2011, 09:25 PM
"Hey, I could ferment that!" (boy is my husband sick of hearing THAT) :)

I'd think dandelion honey would be from hives near a mown field or something, they do flower all summer as long as you chop everything else down periodically... cool!

AToE
05-11-2011, 12:49 AM
The question I've always had about dandelion honey though, is why would anyone do that? Bees fly really far, so it'd have to be one bloody huge field too. Unless someone is farming dandelion greens? Other than that, my best bet is that "dandelion honey" isn't in fact really a varietal, but an urban honey where the beekeeper is pretty sure those are the main souce. It does seem to have pretty much the same flavour regardless of where I get it though, so that seems to support the mysterious dandelion farm theory. (Plus the one beekeeper I get it from also has hives in his suburban backyard, and he doesn't call that stuff dandelion honey, 2 totally different products for him)

THawk
05-11-2011, 01:37 AM
aren't dandelions considered "weeds" or "pest plants"? so wouldn't having a dandelion farm be considered as a nuisance? ;)

AToE
05-11-2011, 02:11 AM
No, because they're also food.

Personally I find them much prettier than grass, grass is a waste of space unless it's wild or feeding something (if I owned my place I'd rip it all out and plant stuff I can eat).

THawk
05-11-2011, 03:02 AM
No, because they're also food.

I know you can eat them. I've seen recipes for salads that call for dandelion leaves... But I've also seen ads for pesticides / weedkillers that also mention that the product will also kill dandelions...

AToE
05-11-2011, 03:31 AM
I know you can eat them. I've seen recipes for salads that call for dandelion leaves... But I've also seen ads for pesticides / weedkillers that also mention that the product will also kill dandelions...

Sorry! Your post confused me a bit, the wording just made me unsure if you knew they were also food!

:)

EDIT: Now I see where my problem was, I totally missed the winky face at the end! Oops...

PitBull
05-11-2011, 07:27 AM
aren't dandelions considered "weeds" or "pest plants"? so wouldn't having a dandelion farm be considered as a nuisance? ;)
Webster defines "weed" as: "a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth; especially : one that tends to overgrow or choke out more desirable plants"

So basically, classifying something as a weed lies in the eye of the beholder. If one would have a dandelion farm, dandelions would be both "valued" and "most desirable". Of course turning your front lawn into a dandelion farm might voilate some covenants and would be pre-defined as a weed by the local property association (a higher power).

Loadnabox
05-11-2011, 08:14 AM
I'm not really using a dandelion honey either, going to use sage honey with the yellow parts of the dandelions that have a very fragrant flowery smell.


It's suppose to come up with a rather delicate wine reminiscent of spring.

TheAlchemist
05-11-2011, 08:05 PM
No, because they're also food.

Some health food stores sell dandelion root. It's great for coffee.



...if I owned my place I'd rip it all out and plant stuff I can eat...

Good on ya, mate. Me, too!