Homemade Juice (Kompot)

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Kompot is a fruit juice made by almost all Russian and Ukrainian families. There are many ways to do it, you have to try it.

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Kompot is a fruit juice made by almost all Russian and Ukrainian families. There are billions of ways to do it. It all depends on the fruit you have on hand. Your kompot will surely taste different from mine (I'm very curious how you make your favorite homemade juice).

Don't be afraid to experiment with various berries and fruits. It can be made with fresh or even dried fruit (in winter). Once our plums are ripe, we will make a lead kompot per gallon. If you want to do something with the fruit after you've strained most of the juice, just turn it into Kissel; A classic fruit soup that Slavs love. See instructions below.

Ingredients for Kompot:

(again, fruit can vary greatly and will still be good) 15 apricots (or 6 cups pitted) 4 cups cherries 2 cups blueberries 1 gallon water 3/4 cup sugar or to taste

Additional ingredients for Kissel:

(if you decide to do it with the leftover fruit) 3 tablespoons of potato starch (corn starch does not work) 1/4 cup of cold water

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How to make homemade fruit juice (kompot):

1. Bring 1 gallon of water to a boil.

2. Wash all the fruit. Cut the apricots in half and remove the pits. Pit the cherries. If you are a cherry lover and don't have a pitter, you should consider investing in one. It would be torture otherwise.

The cherry chopper OXO Good Grips

It is ideal for small jobs. I have it and it also has a great little splash guard. If you have cherry trees in your garden, I would recommend the Norpro Deluxe Cherry Stoner, a heavy job my mom has (and borrowed) for quick bites.

3. When the water begins to boil, carefully add the fruit and boil again. Change the heat to medium and let the mixture boil for 30 minutes without covering.

4. When the time is up, remove from heat and add 3/4 cup of sugar or to taste.

5. Let the kompot cool completely, strain the juice and refrigerate. Serve cold. Who would have thought it was that easy?

On making Kissel:

If you want to do something with that leftover fruit, leave a little of the juice in the pot with the fruit and add 2 cups of water. In a small bowl, mix 3 tablespoons of potato starch with 1/4 cup of cold water. Bring the fruit to a light boil and add the potato starch mixture. You can add more potato starch and water depending on how thick you like your fruit soup. Serve Kissel warm or cold.

Homemade Juice (Kompot)

Preparation time: 15 minutes.

Cook time: 30 minutes.

Total time: 45 minutes

Skill level: easy

Manufacturing cost: $ 10- $ 12

Servings: 16 cups

  • 15 apricots or 6 cups of stone
  • 4 cups cherries
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1 gallon of water
  • 3/4 cup sugar or to taste
  1. Bring 1 gallon of water to a boil.

  2. Wash all the fruit. Cut the apricots in half and remove the pits. Pit the cherries.

  3. When the water starts to boil, carefully add the fruit and bring to a boil again.

  4. Change the heat to medium and let the mixture boil for 30 minutes without covering.

  5. When the time is up, remove from heat and add 3/4 cup of sugar or to taste.

  6. Let the kompot cool completely, strain the juice and refrigerate. Serve cold.

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