Beef Stroganoff

Blackberry Acid

Makes about 10 cups
120 calories


5 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
6 cups bottled spring water
1 heaping tbsp tartaric acid
6 cups granulated sugar, or to taste


Put berries in a heat-resistant, nonreactive container. Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in tartaric acid, and pour mixture over berries. Allow to cool. Cover, and let rest overnight. Strain berries, pressing only ver gently, and disgard berries. Pour liquid into a saucepan, and add sugar. Heat and stir over very low heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and cool acid. Store in refrigerator for 1 week before using. To serve, pour 2 ounces or more of blackberry acid over crushed ice in a glass, and fill with still or sparkling water.

Nutritional info

Per serving: 120 cal Og protein, 0g total fat (0gSat fat) 32g Carb; 0Mg Chol, 0Mg Sod 0G fiber, 30g Sugars


look for tartaric acid-a naturally occuring compound-at baking supply or home brewing supply stores and some health food stores. Without tartaric acid, this “acid” becomes a syrup. Use this blackberry acid in wine spritzers and iced beverages such as lemonade.

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