Making cordials and natural cleaners

As our northern counterparts prepare for Mother Nature to settle into her winter sleep, here in the Southern Hemisphere spring has truly sprung.  We have been busy in the garden, prerparing for the extreme conditions our summer brings with it. The kitchen too has been a hive of activity this past week replenishing the pantry and making extra for Christmas presents. (Shhh, if you are a family friend, ignore that last bit)

On a stinking hot day there is nothing nicer than an icy cold glass of home made cordial, so it’s no surprise that our stocks of Elderflower Cordial and Rosella (Hibiscus) Cordial were first to be replenished.  I also found a recipe for Elderflower Liqueur I wanted to try which, being me, I completely changed and came up with my own very tasty version instead.   Oh, and thanks to a fab idea from another blog, Justlikemynanmade.blogspot.com I could use all the leftover lemon peel to make a multipurpose lemon cleaner as well.

I have posted my elderflower cordial recipe a few time in the past (here) but this time I have been playing with the addition of citric acid for an added tanginess and extra preservation. It’s also a bit darker this time around because I used raw sugar which I dont usually use.

Elderflower Cordial Recipe

750 ml boiling water
750 g sugar
20g citric acid
1 cup lemon juice
1 lemon sliced
12 heads of fresh elderflowers or 6 tablespoons of dried elderflower

In a non metallic bowl add boiling water to sugar, stir until dissolved.
Leave to cool a little.
Add elderflowers, lemon juice, sliced lemon and citric acid and stir.
Cover and leave for 24 hours.
Strain and bottle. (Throw solids on the compost)
Leave for 2 weeks before tasting.
Store in a cool dark place for 3 months.

 Rosella Cordial Recipe

The rosella (Hibiscus sabdariffa) is of the hibiscus family  full of vitamin C and anthocyanins.It is  reported to be used as treatment for several diseases such as hypertension and urinary tract infections, atherosclerosis, liver disease, cancer, diabetes and other metabolic syndromes

1 l boiling water
1 kg sugar
150 g fresh rosella petals or 10 tablespoons dried rosella
1 cup lemon juice
10g citric acid
1 lemon sliced

In a non metallic bowl add boiling water to sugar, stir until dissolved.
Leave to cool a little.
Add rosella, lemon juice, sliced lemon and citric acid and stir.
Cover and leave for 24 hours.
Strain and bottle. (Throw solids on the compost)
Tasted great after 2 weeks, but brilliant after 4 weeks.
Store in a cool dark place for 3 months.

In my case I have everything in the fridge. I’d love a cool storage room but in Queensland that is hard to come by.

 

With all that lemon juice you end up with a lot of leftover lemon halves.  Dont let them got to waste!

Lemon Cleaner

Lemon peel, no pith (white part)
vinegar

Fill a jar halfway with vinegar, add lemon peel.
That’s about it.  Leave for about 2 weeks before use.
You can also dilute it with more vinegar before you use it.
Fabulous for kitchen and bathroom.
Cuts through grease, disinfects and leaves a glorious scent.
Of course you can also use other citrus fruits, if you have orange, lime or grapefruit skins, use them instead.

You used the juice and the skin and how you are left with a bunch of empty husks….. but I even use them.
I turn the halves inside out and with some salt use them to scrub my wooden chopping board and the stove top.

This post is already long enough so I’ll keep the elderflower liqueur recipe for the next one :)

Stay herbal everyone!
AnkeB

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2 Responses to Making cordials and natural cleaners

  1. Is the Elderberry Cordial the bottle with the orange liquid within? Hey, now I have something interesting to try and make with my lacto-fermented soda starter! :o )

  2. anke says:

    Hi Wade,

    Yes, it’s the orangy one.
    Usually it looks more like a delicate yellow but the raw sugar deepened the colour a lot.

    The elderflower cordial also tastes particularly nice if you use limes instead of lemons :)

    Let us know how your experiment goes, good luck!

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