apple and blackberry cordial

1kg apples (windfalls are fine, just cut off the manky bits before weighing)

1 kg blackberries

700ml water


Chop the apples - no need to peel or core. Put in a large pan with the blackberries and water and cook for 30-45 minutes, until its all mushy.

Strain using a jellybag overnight.

Measure the resulting juice and add 700g of sugar to each litre of juice.

Bring to the boil just, stirring the sugar to dissolve ( you don't want to cook this a long time or the pectin present might result in jelly rather than cordial!)

Bottle in steralised bottles. Keep in the fridge and drink within a couple of weeks, or freeze.

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