Three Recipes With Lingonberries – Jam, Porridge And Cake
What To Do With Lingonberries
When you live in a country like Finland and close to the nature, picking berries in the woods is the most natural thing to do every fall. There are a lot of lingonberries in the woods here. Some people pick them and sell them. It's quite a good price you are paid for the lingonberries if you want to make some extra money. Even people from Asia and eastern European countries come here to pick lingonberries to earn money. It's a little crazy actually, but I think it's a good thing.
I just pick lingonberries for me and my family. Most of it a put in the freezer and we eat them during the winter. It's very usual around here to make lingonberry jam. People eat it with all kinds of food. It's very good with red meat. I also eat lingonberry jam on my oatmeal porridge. You can use lingonberries or lingonberry jam in cakes too or make porridge from them. I'll show you all three things in this article.
Making Lingonberry Jam
To make lingonberry jam you only need three ingredients.
4,4 lbs lingonberries
3,4 oz water
2,2 lbs jam sugar
Measure the water and put it in a pan. Then put the berries in the pan. Heat it until it starts steaming. Add jam sugar while stirring. Heat slowly and let it boil for 15 minutes. Tak it off the hob and let it cool for 30 minutes until the berries don't come up to the surface anymore. You can stirr it every now and then while cooling. Take the foam off the surface.
I actually take the foam off while the jam is cooking. I've seen my mother do it and I don't really know what the difference is if you take it off before or after it has stopped boiling. I also added a little granulated sugar in my jam.
Put the jam in heated jars. Way lids on the jars. After 24 hours the jam has solidified. Keep your jam in a cool or cold place. You can put it in the feezer if you'd like. Enjoy your lingonberry jam with your meals during the winter.
Make sure you write what you have in the jar and the date you made it. Sometimes I have berries in the freezer for years and you can't save them forever if you don't eat them. I'm sure we'll eat this lingonberry jam within some weeks. I didn't make that much jam as in the recipe. I just made jam out of 1 lbs lingonberries. Make sure you use jam sugar. It contains pectin that makes the jam thick.
That looked easy, don't you agree? Making jam is easy. Lingonberries are quite sour. That's why I added some regular or granulated sugar. If you have sweeter berries, you don't need that much sugar.
We are all different. Make a jam you want and taste it while it's boiling. I usually prefer sour lingonberry jam.
This is something I grew up with. It's a porrige made of lingonberries and semolina. You can eat it while its warm, but I think it tastes better when you eat it cold with some milk. This is how I make ”pat porridge”.
8,5 oz lingonberries
50 oz water
10 oz sugar
6,7 oz semolina
I put everything in a pan and heat it until it starts boiling. I boil everything for 10 – 15 minutes. I then use a strainer to get rid of the lingonberries and leave the juice. You can leave the berries in if you prefer, but I like a smooth porridge without berries. I then heat the juice until it starts boiling and whisk the semolina in it. Stirr it while boiling at a low temperature for 5 – 10 minutes until it thickens. I usually add some vanilla sugar and stirr when it's finished.
Put the hot pan in cold water and whisk the porridge for a couple of minutes until it gets fluffy. The color gets a little lighter too. Enjoy this sweet and sour pink porridge with sugar and milk.
You can make pat porridge from fresh berries or frozen berries. You can also use lingonberry jam, but don't add that much sugar then. Pat porridge can also be made from other berries.
Making Pat PorridgeClick thumbnail to view full-size
Making Lingonberry CakeClick thumbnail to view full-size
You can make this with lingonberry jam or whole lingonberries, or some other berries. You need a cake pan with the measures 7,9 x 11,8 inches (30 x 40 cm). Grease the cake pan before starting.
15 oz wheat flour
5 oz sugar
1 tbs baking powder
5,3 oz butter
6,8 oz lingonberry jam or 13,5 oz lingonberries
5 oz oatmeal
3,4 oz sugar
1 tsp vanilla sugar
1,8 oz butter
For the crust: Mix wheat flour, sugar and baking powder together. Add the butter and stirr it together. Add the egg and mix everything. Put everything in the cake pan and press it out on the bottom. Put the lingonberry jam or the lingonberries on top. I use frozen lingonberries. I mix them with a little sugar to make them sweeter and some potato meal to bind the water that comes from the berries while the cake is being baked.
For the top: Mix all the ingredients together and put them on top of the lingonberries in the pan. Bake the cake for 20 – 30 minutes in the owen between 347 – 392 Fahrenheit degrees (150 – 200 Celsius degrees). Take out the cake and let it cool before you slice it into pieces. Enjoy the lingonberry cake with some vanilla sauce and a cup of coffee.
Eating Pat Porridge
Facts About Lingonberries
Lingonberries (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) are very common in Scandinavia. They are small, shiny red berries growing in the wild on evergreen shrubs. They ususalyy grow on dry land, but you can find them in other places in the woods too. Lingonberries taste is a little bitter and are distant related to cranberries. They contain natural preservatives and pectin. You can keep them for a long time in room temperature if you put them in water or stir the lingonberries with sugar. That's why these berries were easy to keep already hundreds of years ago.
The lingonberries are blooming from May to July and are ready to pick in August and September.
The name "lingonberries" comes from the Swedish name "lingon". Lingonberries are also called red whortleberries, cowberries, fox berries,mountain cranberries, mountain bilberries or partridgeberries.
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