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Juniper berries

Postby jake_leg » Wed Jul 03, 2013 2:21 pm

There are some juniper bushes near me that are fruiting. Anyone have any idea when/how to collect/store/use them?
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Re: Juniper berries

Postby rockchucker22 » Wed Jul 03, 2013 4:53 pm

There are many many types of juniper, some are perfectly ok to make stuff with while some are poison. I would make sure of the type first. The I just pick and dry the berries, they last for ever.
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Re: Juniper berries

Postby zedzedtop » Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:21 pm

sabina is a shrub type and it will kill you, so avoid that one. Supposedly you want to pick the berries before they are ripe for the best gins.
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Re: Juniper berries

Postby roundyround » Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:38 pm

i was in the scratch and dent commercial food store the other day and bought about a pint or so of them for a few bucks. I was shocked to see them, must be some food use for them. gin is on the hit list this winter.
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Re: Juniper berries

Postby rockchucker22 » Thu Jul 04, 2013 10:22 am

Juniper is commonly used to season meat, especially game meat.
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Re: Juniper berries

Postby punkin » Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:09 am

We use it in pickling spices over here for doing corned (cured and boiled) meat.
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Re: Juniper berries

Postby jake_leg » Thu Jul 04, 2013 12:37 pm

Thanks - I'm glad I asked. They might well be sabina, I'll give them a miss.
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