Kid Friendly Raspberry Cordial with Easy Canning Tips

This kid friendly raspberry cordial is ideal for children of all ages. In addition to consuming this beverage immediately, learn the process for canning raspberry cordial for long-term storage. Grab the kiddos, fresh berries, a little sweetener and get to canning raspberry juice!

kid friendly raspberry cordial

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There is no better way to bring kids into the kitchen than to teach them how to make a kid friendly raspberry cordial. Why? First, it teaches them how to preserve the harvest. Second, it empowers them to create a drink which they will come to love!

When Lola came to me after reading Anne of Green Gables she was intrigued as to what cordial was. She then talked my ear off in regards to how incredible and strong Anne was. When I had begun to think she’d leave out the drunken behavior between Anne and Diana, I was quickly mistaken. The excited rambling continued and my heart was full to hear her recite the book almost verbatim, page by page.

I knew instantly this was the right time to introduce her to a kid friendly raspberry cordial, though it wasn’t going to be I who was going to make it. Instead it would be my sweet 10 year old child, in all her excited glory, who would be completing the task.

Much like Anne, Lola has a strong independent soul. Not to mention, she is as smart as a whip, and nothing gets past her. She has been canning with me for the past two years, with last year being her first solo canning experience by canning dandelion jelly.  The girl has a homesteading soul, and this momma is awfully proud of her.

This raspberry cordial is her doing, and one which she will continue making for years to come. And for that, I am truly thankful.

Kid Friendly Raspberry Cordial

Next we headed to the raspberry fields and picked over 10 pounds of ripe raspberries. Not to mention, we may have consumed roughly 5 pound as we picked. During the process, we giggled and talked about the summer to come.

Lola and I sat down and wrote the steps for this kid friendly cordial together, taking the time to ensure the instructions were easy to comprehend by all. However, depending on the independence and maturity of your child they may be able to complete this on their own. 

As easy as this recipe is, young ones will need assistance with the segments throughout the recipe.

You see, the berries will need to be separated from the liquid in order to create the cordial. This is where adult supervision may be needed. 

It’s awfully tempting for kids to want to squish the berries as they sits in the sieve. In order to achieve a nice clear liquid, berry squishing must be prohibited.  Though in truth, it doesn’t change the flavor, just the presentation.

Ingredients

  • 4 pints Raspberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/3 cup Lemon juice, fresh or bottled
  • 3 cups organic granulated Sugar
  • 12 cups Water

Instructions

  1. Wash fresh raspberries well, removing any stems or leaves.
  2. In a large non-reactive bowl add raspberries and lemon juice. Gently fold raspberries until they are coated with lemon juice.
  3. Bring to boil water and sugar until sugar has fully dissolved.
  4. Remove sugar water from heat, adding to the bowl of raspberries. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
  5. Once cooled, cover the bowl and place into the refrigerator for 24 hours.
  6. Using a fine sieve, strain raspberries from liquid into a mason jar or swing-top bottle. Reserve sweetened berries into a separate bowl.
  7. Store in the refrigerator.

Notes:

Add the sweetened berries as a topper for ice-cream, cakes, or pastries.

canning raspberry juice

Canning Raspberry Cordial

In addition to consuming this beverage fresh, canning raspberry cordial allows you to enjoy the summer harvest throughout the year. The process is extremely simple, heck, even a child is capable of making this item shelf stable.

Because this is a kid friendly raspberry cordial, a non-alcoholic beverage, it should be called raspberry juice. But that would crush every child who wished to be Anne of Green Gables, and I’m not willing to do that. So, the name kid friendly raspberry cordial shall remain.

Canning Raspberry Juice

Canning raspberry juice concentrate is an extremely easy process. Not to mention, it is a very rewarding process when a jar is opened in the dead of winter.

Equipment

  • steam canner or boiling water bath canner
  • pint size mason jars, or swing top bottles
  • jar funnel
  • fine mesh sieve
  • 1-cup measuring glass

Instruction

  1. Prepare the raspberry juice concentrate as instructed above.
  2. Using a fine mesh sieve, strain the berry from the liquid into clean pint size mason jars. It is important to only can the liquid, adding a coffee filter will help to ensure no berries enter the juice concentrate.
  3. Wipe jar rim with a clean, damp dishtowel, add warmed lids, and rings to finger tight.
  4. Process in a steam canner or hot water bath canner based on your altitude, see chart below.
canning raspberry juice

Processing Times

Type of PackJar Size0 – 1,000 ft1,001 – 6,000 ftabove 6,001 ft
Hot packPints and Quarts5 mins10 mins15 mins
Half Gallon10 mins15 mins20 mins
PROCESSING TIMES FOR CANNING RASPBERRY JUICE

Additional tips and tricks for preserving the harvest can be found in my book, The Farm Girl’s Guide to Preserving the Harvest. Grab your copy online at the following locations, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Target, Walmart, and my website.

Whether you are new to preserving foods or a seasoned individual, my book will take you through every method available for preserving foods at home.

Printable Recipe – Kid Friendly Raspberry Cordial

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Raspberry Cordial-A Kid Friendly Recipe

This kid friendly raspberry cordial allows you and your child the opportunity to create a non-alcoholic raspberry beverage. This bonding opportunity begins at harvesting the berries and progresses to creating this delightful sipper. An amazing opportunity to create memories for all involved. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time14 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Beverage, Canning
Cuisine: American
Keyword: canning raspberry cordial, canning raspberry juice, kid friendly raspberry cordial
Cost: $10

Ingredients

  • 4 pints Raspberries fresh or frozen
  • 1/3 cup Lemon Juice fresh or bottled
  • 3 cups Sugar
  • 12 cups Water

Instructions

  • Wash fresh raspberries well, removing any stems or leaves
  • In a large non-reactive bowl add raspberries and lemon juice. Gently folding in the raspberries until they are coated with the lemon juice.
  • Bring to boil the water and sugar. Allow the liquid to boil until the sugars is completely dissolved. 
  • Remove the sugar water from heat, gently pour the liquid over the raspberries. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
  • Once thorough cooled, cover the bowl and place into the refrigerator for 24 hours. 
  • Using a fine sieve and bottle funnel strain the raspberries from the liquid into a mason jar or swing top bottle. Reserve the sweetened berries into a separate bowl.
  • Once bottled store the kid friendly cordial into the refrigerator.

Canning Raspberry Juice

  • Prepare the raspberry juice concentrate as instructed.
  • Using a fine mesh sieve, strain the berry from the liquid into clean pint size mason jars. It is important to only can the liquid, adding a coffee filter will help to ensure no berries enter the juice concentrate.
  • Wipe jar rim with a clean, damp dishtowel, add warmed lids, and rings to finger tight.Process in a steam canner or hot water bath canner based on your altitude, see chart in article.

Notes

The reserved sweetened raspberries make for an excellent dessert topper, such as, on top of ice-cream. If not used immediately divide the raspberries into serving portions and freeze for later use.
To lessen the sweetness of the kid friendly beverage 1 part cordial to 1 part water, kefir water, or seltzer water.
This recipe can be canned and enjoyed in the winter months. Simply hot water bath or steam can the liquid for 10 minutes and store in a cool dark location.

An Adult Raspberry Cordial Recipe

Initially, throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth century, cordial was made of fruit juices or through the infusion of flowers and leaves, with a bit of alcohol.  It later became popular to make cordials without alcohol.

With that said, our adult version for raspberry cordial is good, very good.   Y’all need to give it a try, of course once the kiddos have finished making this kid friendly version.

Your children will enjoy this kid friendly raspberry cordial recipe. Create memories by making this recipe a summertime family tradition. Make sure to take the time for canning raspberry cordial, your family will love you for it.

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