Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Jean offers wine recipes and then she gives me the job. !!  No really, wine use to be used as a medicine in the earlier days.  In fact, I say that it was a common medicine into the 1950's.  Some Amish and Old Order Mennonite still use it.  These recipes go back over 100 years.


2 1/2 cups of rye grain
4 lbs. sugar
1 lb raisins
1 lemon
1 grated potato
1 gallon water
1 yeast cake (wet yeast in water)

Mix ingredients and let stand for 30 days.  Strain and bottle.


Measure cherries and grind through meat chopper pits and all.  Then to each quart of cherries add 1 quart of boiling water.  Let stand 48 hours.  Strain and measure juice.  To each gallon add 3 pounds of sugar, 1 pound raisins, 1 yeast cake and let stand two weeks.  Strain again and bottle.


1 gal. blossoms picked when the sun shines on them
1 gal boiling water poured on them
1 lemon
3 oranges
3 lbs sugar

Let stand three days.  Then put in kettle with rind.  Boil 15 minutes.  Strain through flannel bag and add the inside (pulp) of the lemon and oranges after taking out seeds, add sugar.  When nearly cold add two tablespoons or 2/3 cake yeast.  Let stand in warm place one week.  Strain again.  Let stand three weeks to "work", then bottle.  Note: Let stand at least 3 weeks until fermentation ceases.


Tom said...

CHOKE CHERRIE sounds good. Tom The Backroads Traveller

Angela Tucker said...

Good morning, Marilyn. I am not a wine drinker, but I love the recipes..."picked when the sun shines on them". How cool is that!?!

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Tom,



New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Angela,

I don't drink wine either, but I like the recipes. All I can think of the Baldwin sisters on the TV show the Walton's who made wine for medicinal purposes. LOL


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Tom said...

Actually Marilyn the Baldwin Sisters made moonshine! Tom The Backroads Traveller

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Tom,

Yes, they had a still in the house. I really meant what they said they made it for.