At the mere mention of the bird cherry tree, immediately before our eyes there is an image of an unearthly creation, which blooms with delicate, white flowers, and the smell of these flowers simply makes us dizzy and fascinating.
Bird cherry - in the common people "hospital"
Bird cherry in the people is known for its remarkable appearance, and sweet fruits, and a pleasant smell during flowering, and useful qualities for health. Earlier from the bird cherry, hoops, arcs and even baskets were made, and from its berries, which looked similar to cherries, only of a smaller size, they cooked a very useful and tasty jam. From bird cherry it turns out amazing!
Since this tree is truly Russian, its medicinal properties have been used for a long time, and various recipes of jam are passed down from generation to generation.
The fruits of bird cherry not only contribute to the strengthening of immunity, but also improve the work of the gastrointestinal tract. And in its fruits, there are a lot of vitamins and microelements that our body needs so much, especially in winter. Since berries have vitamin C, it is possible to cure various colds with the help of jam. And notice - no antibiotics and pills, but only berries bird cherry.
Specificity of berries berries gathering
Since its fruits ripen in the middle of summer, it is during this period that many housewives begin to make jam from cherry. But for this it is necessary to properly harvest the berries so that they do not lose their useful properties, and the jam was not only tasty, but also useful. Fruits should be collected early in the morning or in the evening, but only in dry weather, due to the fact that wet berries quickly deteriorate, and because of moisture, even mold can form on them.
Also, so that the berries do not lose their medicinal properties, it is necessary to process them three, four hours after harvesting.
Useful tips before making jam
We offer you to consider several useful tips before you start to make jam from the bird cherry:
- it is more useful to cook jam from any kind of bird cherry, since it is stored much longer and at the same time retains all useful properties;
- keep jam from bird cherry with bones for no more than nine months because it is in the bone that contains a lot of prussic acid, which can cause poisoning;
- before you cook the jam, it is better to thoroughly wash the washed berries and give them 10 minutes to drink, then again shake them (this procedure to speed up the juicing of berries).
Cherry preserves: recipe
We bring to your attention a very easy recipe for jam from bird cherry. We need the following ingredients:
- Water - 750 ml.
- Sugar - 1300 gr.
- Bird cherry - 1 kg.
Cherry berries are poured with boiling water and stand for two minutes. Blanched berries are spread in the cooking basin, and syrup is made from the water they blanched. After the syrup is ready, it must be filtered through gauze and pour our berries. Jam from bird-cherry without pits is cooked once before it thickens, and it is necessary to carefully and constantly remove the formed foam. When the jam is cooked, it must be immediately rolled into cans and cooled.
Jam from red cherry
One of the varieties of bird cherry varieties is red bird cherry, which is also famous for its huge benefit to the human body.
In order to get a tasty and useful cherry jam, the recipe should contain the following simple ingredients: 1 kg of red bird cherry and the same amount of sugar. Before the preparation of the berries must be thoroughly washed.
The whole complexity of this recipe is that the berries must be twisted together with the stones in a meat grinder, even several times in a circle. From the experience of preparation of jam: in order to taste like a marzipan, which is what we want to achieve, a lot of berries will be enough to twist a lot of berries four times. In the resulting consistency, add sugar and bring to a boil. From the moment of boiling, the jam should be boiled for an hour. But at the same time it is brewed in an unusual way: five minutes it is boiling, and five minutes it simply insists. And this procedure should be done within an hour. After that, ready-made jam from bird cherry is packaged on cans.
Through the meat grinder, the berries are twisted in any recipe. But if you pour them abundantly with sugar, then you will not even have to cook it. Get a real vitamin! And a lazy person can cook such a miracle jam.
For this recipe, one kilogram of bird cherry berries takes one kilogram of sugar. And how much you want to make jars, see for yourself! After you have washed the fruit, they must be twisted through the meat grinder three times. After that, the obtained mass is covered with sugar and allowed to stand for 12 hours. After 12 hours, the jam should be placed in sterilized jars and covered with a normal plastic lid. The jam is stored in the refrigerator.
Recipe for cherry blossoms for gourmets
Lovers of a small sour will surely like this recipe. Jam from bird cherry with bones is also no less delicious!
- Cherry berries - 1 kg.
- Sugar - 1,2 kg.
- Citric acid - individually, to taste.
Well-washed berries give time to dry. After that, we fill them with sugar and put them in a cool place for 12 hours. For 12 hours the bird cherry leaves the juice, which merges into a pan, and the remaining berries are cooked for about thirty minutes on a slow fire, periodically mixed. After 30 minutes we mix the cooked berries with juice and cook on low heat for about a quarter of an hour. When you see that the jam has thickened and is already ready, add a little citric acid to it and mix it thoroughly. After that, the jam is poured over sterilized jars and tightly closed with lids.
Try to prepare another version of sweet and healthy gourmet jam.
We take ripe berries and thoroughly wash them. Then we put it in a container and fill it with water so that it covers absolutely all the fruits. On fire, bring the water to a boil, then cook them for two or three minutes. In a colander, put the gauze, pre-fold it in several layers, pour out our contents and squeeze it well. We should get a homogeneous mass (like mashed potatoes). After this, we throw out the stones, and in the mass-mash we fall asleep sugar. Sugar add 1 kg of sugar per 1 kg of weight. The contents are thoroughly mixed until the sugar is completely dissolved. After that, we spread our jam from bird-cherry without sterilized cans and twist it.
Contraindications and restrictions when using berries bird cherry
It should also be noted that there are a number of contraindications for the use of berries bird cherry:
- berries bird cherry, including jam, it is not desirable to use pregnant girls and young children;
- people who suffer from constipation should not eat berries of bird cherry, because they have astringent and fixing properties;
- since cherry has contraceptive properties, it is contraindicated to use couples that children plan;
- it is strictly forbidden to consume berries in large quantities, this is primarily due to the content of cyanide in the fetus, which can cause both upset stomach and poisoning.
And no matter how much talk about the useful and harmful properties of bird cherry, one thing is clear - one who at least once tasted jam out of it will not only forget its taste, but 100% will weld it again and again. After all, recipes are so simple that even a child can cope. But the taste is so unique and desirable!