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Spruce Tip Syrup
May 21, 2016
A few weeks ago I watched my friend Sierra's son for a few hours after school and one morning. For helping her out she brought me some spruce tip syrup that she had made and a little bundle of tulips. Her gesture was so sweet and made my day! The next morning I made pancakes and drizzled the syrup right over and the taste was unbelievable! I expected it to taste like a musty fern but it tasted sweet and a bit tangy at the end. I knew right away I needed the recipe.
Now Sierra is a true Alaska chick. She grew up in Gustavus but now lives in Haines with her husband and two sons. Her garden puts my little tiny deck garden to shame and she runs upwards to 15 miles on the weekend to stay in shape. Anytime you see her she always has smile on her face and really cares about the well being of everyone in our community! When I asked her for the recipe she said that it was a recipe that was passed down from her mother so I feel that it is really special and now I get to share it with you!
Harvesting spruce tips is a pretty easy task and they are just about everywhere you look in Southeast Alaska! I used a gallon zip lock and just put the tips right in there so I could freeze what I didn't use later. I didn't use gloves but I wish I had. The needles on the spruce trees can be pretty pokey!
To start the recipe you need 2 quarts (8 cups) of spruce tips and equal amount 2 quarts of water.
Now bring that to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes. Right away my house started to smell really good. My husband even walked in at this time and commented on how great it smelled.
Strain the boiled spruce tips and water through a cheese cloth. My concoction ended up being a little over 1 quart once I strained everything. Now you add an equal amount of sugar. Since I was a little over 1 quart I added 4 1/2 cups of sugar. Now bring this to a boil and the simmer for upwards to the next hour or hour and half, stirring ever so often. After about an hour it will get a rich dark pink color and then once you've noticed it start to thicken a bit, it's done!
I didn't have any canning jars so I just reused any glass jars that I had in my cupboards and sanitized them first in a soapy bath then boiling water for 20 minutes. Once they were done I poured the hot syrup in and closed it tight. I also added cute chalkboard labels later on. Drizzle this on pancakes, ice cream, or even add it in to recipes that call for syrup.
Spruce Tip Syrup Recipe (From Sierra)
2 quarts spruce tips
2 quarts water
1. Bring water and spruce tips to a boil and simmer about 15 minutes.
2. Drain through cheesecloth, measure liquid.
Should be about 2 quarts (mine was only a little over a quart)
3. Add equal amount of sugar
4. Boil down until deep pink color is reached and syrup consistency
5. Sterilize bottles and lids and pour into hot bottles and seal with hot lids.
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