I was looking through my grandmother’s handwritten, recipe box and came across wonderful old Dandelion Wine, Grape Wine and Cherry Wine Recipes.
As I was sitting down at her table with her I asked her if she had ever attempt to make the wine recipe. I noticed that they was fruit stained, so I assumed that she had. Sometimes, it’s just the spark needed to start a day of memories.
While some people may find it boring to sit through stories of days gone by, I do not. That day, was a day that will be stored in my memory banks forever.
I learned back in her day, pretty much everything was handmade. Right down to the soap they washed with. We dug through her boxes and she pulled out the handmade soap recipe, wine recipes, pickle recipes, Belgian pie recipes, jam and jelly recipes and the list goes on and on.
I took a copy of them all. That is my heritage. There were some recipes I grew up with. I remember her making many of them, and now, they were being passed on to me. There were even recipes she was pretty thrilled she didn’t have to make any more, like lye soap.
I wanted to share a few of the wine recipes with you. I am told that I should try and make the wines because they are cheap to produce and the taste is out of this world.
(I wrote out the recipe EXACTLY how it reads)
For each gallon of grapes use one gallon of water. Boil together till grapes fall apart, Pass the liquid through a cloth bag till all juice is out.
Measure the juice. for every gallon of juice add 3 pounds of sugar. Put in a stone jar. For about 5 gallons of juice you add 1/2 of a seven cent bar of yeast.
Let stand where it is warm until there are no more bubbles on it. Mix every day. After it is done rising you can can bottle it.
Door County, WI is known for it’s famous cherry crop. You can’t go through the season without picking or purchasing cherries!
My grandmother received the following recipe from the “Poehler” family. They owned a cherry orchard in Door County. I thought it was an interesting recipe.
2 quarts cherries
1 pint of whiskey
2 cups sugar
Pour sugar and whisky over cherries. Let stand 6 weeks. Strain and bottle.
2 quarts of dandelion flower heads (remove greens on back)
4 quarts water
4 pounds sugar
1 cake yeast (1″)
1 egg white
Add flower heads to water and boil, cover and turn off burner and let soak for 36 hours. Strain, reserving the juice.
Add sugar and juice of lemons and oranges. Let stand for 24 hours.
Add yeast. Place liquid in jugs and let raise. When scum rises to top, add beaten egg white. Let stand 3 days. Strain and bottle.
Enjoy making the dandelion wine, grape wine and cherry wine recipes.