My lovely friends from Putney not only told me about the crowd farming orange tree buying scheme but also gave me this recipe – I have upped the orange juice ratio in it though.
This is really good and of course we will be selling home-made cordials at the food truck cafe next year. My next job is to see if I can pasturise the dinky little bottles to help it keep a little longer.
You can strain the zest out of the cordial, but I ested mine with a micro-plane type thing which produces a very fine zest and I didn’t bother straining it – maybe next time
Orange Cordial: 10 oranges juiced (zest 6 of them); 1kg of sugar; 1.2 litres of water; 30g of citric acid.
Zest the oranges. Put the zest, water and sugar in a pan and bring to the boil, summer for about 10 minutes. While this is happening juice the oranges. add the juice and citric acid to the sugar syrup and leave to cool. Strain if you want and then bottle the cordial. Keep in the fridge.
N.B. I popped the toad who had been hanging out with the oranges in some foliage by the pond.
N.B. Elderflower cordial peaking out from behind the orange cordial.