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    Default Pine cone syrup (mugolio)

    Made some pine cone syrup yesterday. It was on the fly and I didn’t do any measuring of ingredients. I picked 14 GREEN pine cones, washed them to remove any debris and snipped off the ends to make sure I removed any of the stems. Covered with water to a depth of 1/2 inch over the top of the cones. Bring to a boil, and then simmered for about an hour. Strained to remove the cones and any other small bits, add sugar of your choice. I used what was left of light brown sugar and some added white sugar. Then reduce to a consistency of your liking. Mine was a little bit thinner than what I would normally use, but I ended up with about 20 ounces of syrup.

    It is surprisingly very fruity with an astringent aftertaste. We like it but still prefer “normal” syrup. My oldest boy was rubbing his fingers in the pot to get every last bit he could. My dad really enjoyed it and he doesn’t use syrup. He said he only tasted the fruity-ness without an aftertaste. I may use it more-so for just the novelty. I prefer “sugar-free” syrup since it’s not as sweet as others.

    I have another jar of the syrup fermenting which takes around 30 days to make. It should be ready for processing on July 9th. It is just places the cones in a jar with sugar and letting it draw the water out.

    If you were to buy it on Amazon, it would cost around $6.50 per ounce. And each different species of cone should present a different flavor.


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    I have never heard of that. Interesting. I suspect the after taste is the turpine in the cones. Another learning day, gotta love that. Thanks!
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    Well, at least pine needle tea was good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    I have never heard of that. Interesting. I suspect the after taste is the turpine in the cones. Another learning day, gotta love that. Thanks!
    I have heard of it.

    You pour the syrup over your Grape Nut Flakes and have breakfast with Euell Gibbons.
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    Poor Euell. If ever a fellah was misunderstood, it was Euell. "Ever eat a pine tree?" may be right up there with "where's the beef?"
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    I think I'll stick with my Burnt Motor Oil Brownies....

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    It's great that you are doing these activities with your kids. I'm sure it will be a lifetime of memories.

    On another note...........add enough sugar and you can make anything palatable.
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    You guys are ahful, just ahful. Awful even. I like pine needle tee. You would just be boiling the resin out of the cones no different than boiling the resin out of the needles. The only difference would be the amount of resin I would guess. But, yeah, that sugar would help.
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    Why are you fermenting some of it? What will you make with that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winter View Post
    Why are you fermenting some of it? What will you make with that?
    It’s just the natural process with it sitting in the sugar. Every so often I have to go burp the jar. It will hopefully be the same product
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    Quote Originally Posted by RangerXanatos View Post
    It’s just the natural process with it sitting in the sugar. Every so often I have to go burp the jar. It will hopefully be the same product
    I was hoping for whiskey.
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    It sounds like that will make wine?
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    Whiskey sounds better.
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    Interesting. We have some pine cone here at Brazil, but I never heard of a recipe like that. Maybe I'll try it, even if it's just for the fun of it. After all, it can't taste bad if i dump a ton of sugar on it, rigth?
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    Like I mentioned earlier, I’m not a huge syrup eater. This was more so for fun. I’ll find something interesting and do it it for a bit and then move on to the next little hobby to try.
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