Wild Nevada Blackberries

Saturday, on our way to our favorite spot on the Little Truckee River at Boca, we stopped off at Verdi to see if there were any blackberries still to be picked. The bears and other people picked most, but, YAY! I found enough to make 2.5 pints of juice to make jelly.

To make the juice I plopped the berries into my stainless steel pan, added water to almost the top layer of berries, and simmered until they were starting to pop. I smashed them with a potato masher then ran them through my cone sieve (found at an estate sale long time ago). I added the strained juice with pulp back through the sieve this time using cheese cloth to catch the small pieces.

I’ll be making jelly sometime this week. 🙂

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For Today ~ 19 September 2011 ~ A Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 19 September 2011.

Outside My Window… Clear blue sky with no clouds. We’re going to be near record breaking heat temps this week. Grrrr. Traffic heavy on McCarran. An empty bird feeder twisted around the tree trunk.

I am thinking… I need to buy some more Benadryl cream…my blackberry scratches itch like crazy. I wish we made more money on our garage sale…but at least I can park in the garage now! That’s a great thing!

I am thankful for… good friends.

From the kitchen… I took some beef stew meat out. Also roasted some Hatch and Anaheim chiles last night. Maybe a posole.

I am wearing… cropped tan pants, tennis, an aqua t-shirt.

I am creating… A triangle quilt and working on a craft challenge ~ place mats.

I am going… to head to Office Depot. We’re out of copy paper here at work.

I am reading… a 99 cent book on my Nook ~ A Job From Hell (Ancient Legends) by Jayde Scott.

I am hoping… that no more people die from that crash at the Reno Air Races. Still so many in critical condition at our area hospitals.

I am hearing… just the traffic. Me typing. No one rolls into work around here until 9 am.

Around the house… getting ready for the new windows to be put in tomorrow. I’ll be painting the window sills.

One of my favorite things… my Buffalo Bills winning! 🙂 We are 2-0 at the start of the season! We went 0-8 last year. The boys will need to pull together for next weeks game though…New England Patriots.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… Paint. Make Blackberry jelly.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you…

A picture of Lucy taken yesterday morning…she loves the enclosed front porch. I then ran it through Photoscape’s watercolour filter.

Blackberry Juice…already to make jelly with!

Blackberry picking in NW Nevada…

I finally have enough blackberry juice to make some jelly! YEA! I have 5 cups now. Soon I will be making some Wild Nevada Blackberry jelly!

Blackberry plants are nasty buggers! (((In my best Holy Grail voice))) They have NASTY, BIG, POINTY TEETH! My right arm and both legs are scratched up…berry berry badly.

I think there’s about a month of berry picking in my spot…there’s lots of green berries still.