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.
We got our starting recipe from Dave’s Cupboard. 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 in fall with plans to make things from them when the weather turned.
We gathered bark, too, because the idea of making syrup from it sure did intrigue. Friday 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
Rob modified the original recipe some to make it taste more like we like and you can do the same to suit your own tastes. 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
- Add a little cream of tartar to keep it from crystallizing
- Pour into jars
Here’s the link to the original recipe at Dave’s Cupboard if you want to try making some, too.
You can get a very small bag of bark for $10 with a free bottle of our syrup thrown in here. I’ll soon be adding some larger quantities of bark as a product to the site if you need more to make more than just a taste of the syrup.
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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