This week I got a new book from the River Cottage series entitled “Booze Handbook” by John Wright. I was so impressed with the first book I found – “Curing and Smoking Handbook”, that I wanted to read more books by this same author in the same series, and I have found this one.

I love this book! It gives me an insight into the process of making various types of alcoholic products that I would never be able to do on my own without some guidelines. John Wright is great at describing all the details of the process, and gives you a great overview of what you would need to get started with making alcohol.

One of the questions that came up when reading this book was that the author makes a lot of infusions with vodka. The question we got was – well, why not explain how to actually make vodka. I was able to find the answer in the book. The author is from Britain, and apparently it is illegal in Britain to make your own vodka or brandy. I guess it is illegal in other countries as well, I have never really thought about it. I am not much of a booze person, or a person who would know this sort of thing. But it just made me think why would you, as a homesteader, be buying vodka, to just make an infusion. You will be forever dependent on the store. I know though that making vodka is not an easy process at all, and I don’t think I myself would ever want to attempt anything like that.

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Infusions have become very popular, but even as a child I often saw grown-ups drinking home made infusions, and everyone seemed to have really loved those.

Basically, if you have a garden with an overflow of fruits of some type, you will want to preserve them, but just making jams might be only one avenue of using your harvest up.

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John Wright gives great recipes for infusions, as well as wine, and beer. My parents made cherry wine before, and I never got a recipe of how to do that from them. Well, now I can do this myself using this lovely book. IF only I had an unlimited supply of cherries. I will hold on to this book until we actually have a farm, and an overflow of fruits to use up. For now, I hardly have enough extras for even small amounts of jam or drying. We eat fruit raw and fresh mostly.

I would recommend this book as it has a ton of recipes with very familiar plants and fruits, so the ideas are great in the book, and worth trying them out.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

 

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