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  • iulia 8:59 am on June 2, 2016 Permalink |  

    elderberry (soc) flowers syrup 

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    last week when we made the strawberries jam I also started to make elderberry syrup.


    I was searching the internet for recipes. I knew the basics from my mom and grandmas… but not details. never made it on my own from A to Z.

    found different recipes with different styles of cooking, quite different quantities for the ingredients.

    Step ONE: collect and clean flowers

    I collected a LOT of flowers – the red and blue big plastic containers were full.

    while Ronen was keeping the jam to cook, I was separating flowers from their stems. this was a looooooong proces – some good hours.



    Step TWO: maceration

    I put flowers. added lemon juice and boiled water, to sit for five days.

    there were two big glass jars and the biggest pot were full with flowers. I put juice from two lemons in each of the jars, from four lemons in the pot.

    I mixed the contents each day, during the five days, at least twice a day.

    the next day after assembling these contents I felt like adding more lemon juice: the same quantity as the first round, in each of the containers.


    Step THREE: cooking

    yesterday we got to the cooking phase, rocketing again.

    I filtered the liquid which was already yellow and beautifully smelling of elderberry flowers. squeezes the flowers.

    used the plastic sieve and white cloth (my mom brought us for bread covering) for sieving. there was 15 l of liquid.

    added 6 kg of white sugar and put it to boil. the big-tall pot was full to the top.

    this resulted in 18 l of syrup, not so thick.


    Step FOUR: bottling

    we then sterilize and cook the bottles again.


    what I’ve planned to be around 4-5 litres of syrup (at the moment Icollected the flowers) it got to 18 l :).

    that was quite and estimation… we have for some years now!






  • iulia 7:53 am on June 2, 2016 Permalink |  

    strawberry jam 

    we did this last week…


    ingredients: 10 kg of strawberries from Ildi and Levente, 1 kg of white sugar, 600 gr of raisins (mixed: gold and brown) and juice from two big lemons.

    first we cleaned the strawberries, put them to sit for one day, with sugar.


    in the last phase of boiling I mixed it a bit, to make it a bit saucy and still have the beautiful chunks in it :).

    the whole thing resulted in 8 big jars, 9 small and 3 little ones…. and a bit of extra for our first taste… in a Bhudeva cake.


  • iulia 11:12 am on April 1, 2016 Permalink |  

    In seach for grains 

    I’ve started to inquire for grains, here I will post what I found about wheat, alac (spelta), buckwheat, millet, rice, rye, oat, barley(orz), corn, sorghum (sorg)….

    • iulia 11:13 am on April 1, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Topa Farm – 10 km from Sighisoara in Albesti.
      They grow their wheat and corn (eco). They also have a small mill and they do wheat whole flour.
      If we buy grains it is 3 lei / kg. 1 kg of whole wheat flour 5 lei.

      i found them last autumn and from then on it was recommended by ecoruralis (Ramona) and other contacts from Seminte Libere (Facebook group).

      Contact: 0740 256 990 – fermatopa@yahoo.com
      Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ferma-Ecologica-Topa-190312117695398/timeline

    • iulia 11:17 am on April 1, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Mr. Nicolae BANC – Caianu (near Mociu)

      I have his contact from ECOMANIA SRL (the ones who makes the whole wheats biscuits from Petry – Tg. Mures). I called ECOMANIA (0756 383 296) and the women was very open to share their contact.

      I spoke with Mr. Banc last week – very friendly, passionate to share his experience about flours and grains. He is growing durum, oat and corn grains, eco.

      He told me that out of 1kg of grains he gets out 65% white flour, 25% bran (tarate), 9% “red” flour. Mixing these we get whole flour.
      He doesn’t have that much durum left for now… but a few kg (20, /i asked) he has, for us, also being happy we are almost neighbors, here.

      Contact: 0744 934 683. We will call him and make them a visit in Caianu, on our next way to Cluj.

    • iulia 11:18 am on April 1, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Biofarmland.com – between Arad and Timisoara
      They are a German family farm – http://www.biofarmland.com/content/about-us

      I have their contact from ECOMANIA and also recommendation from Mr. BANC (above).
      They rotate their crops for 7-8 year, no plowing.

      They have spelt, barley and rye.
      I called Christian and then Katharina. I sent her an email also – she will send me a list with everything they have, including prices.

      Biofarmland Price List

      Contact: katharina@biofarmland.com, tel 074 622 35 25

    • iamronen 11:30 am on April 1, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

    • iulia 7:56 am on April 11, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We got last weeks:

      10 kg of durum from Mr. Banc (we were visiting him) in Barai.
      TerraNatura: 25 kg of each: spelt, wheat and rye (375 lei, free shipping to bhudeva with Transilvania Post)

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