Shagbark Hickory Syrup
My husband comes up with some tasty ideas for things to make here on the Wild Ozark homestead. Last time it was home roasted coffee. That was so successful it’s now one of our homestead standards (except for right now because we’re out of home roast and have to use store bought).
This time his idea was shagbark hickory syrup.
Skeptical? I was too. This is how the bark of a shagbark hickory looks. If you click on the pic at the top, it’ll take you to Dave’s Cupboard, which is where we got the recipe. Rob was looking up recipes for hickory pie (like pecan pie but using hickories instead) and he stumbled on this site.
We gathered nuts the other day before the cool front moved in with plans to make things from them when the weather turned all drizzly.
We gathered bark, too, because the idea of making syrup from it sure did intrigue. Yesterday eve Rob made the syrup and, like the coffee, it was so delicious it’s going to become another must-have in our cupboard!
Our modified recipe for Shagbark Hickory Syrup
Yesterday Rob made a fresh batch to give away for Christmas gifts.
He modified the original recipe some by cooking the decoction longer to concentrate it more. Here’s a rough outline of how it’s done:
- Gather bark from the tree
- Clean bark by washing and scrubbing
- Break bark into smaller pieces
- Roast bark in the oven
- Add bark to a pot and cover by several inches with water
- Decoct the bark by cooking on very low heat (no boiling, no bubbles breaking)
- Remove bark from water, strain liquid, return to pot
- Decoct to concentrate to nice dark color
- For each cup of liquid add 2 cups sugar
- Cook until sugar is completely dissolved
- Pour into canning jars
I’m thinking I’d like to add this as a product to our online store. Here’s the link to the original recipe at Dave’s Cupboard if you want to try making some, too.I ♥ Wild Ozark's blog! #Nature www.wildozark.com Click To Tweet
About the voice behind this blog, Madison Woods
I'm a creative old soul living way off the beaten path with my husband in the wild Ozark Mountains. Besides homesteading, growing plants & making crafty things and newsletters, I write books and stories. My rural fantasy fiction, written under the pen name, Ima Erthwitch, usually takes place in a much altered Ozarks.
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