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Old 05-08-2007, 03:41 PM   #1
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Chokecherry Gravy - Goetsaap

Berry Gravy (wojapi) of any kind is always good. But for chokecherries, you gotta make it the right way cuz it's no fun spitting out the cherry pits.

When you pick your chokecherries, it's good to grind them up in a food grinder (pits and all), form patties, and dry them, storing them away in a ziplock baggie. Then soak them in water until crumbly when you’re ready to make your goetsaap.

If you have fresh berries, please run them through a grinder, pound them with a mortar and pestel, do whatever you can to break down the pits into fine pieces.

For 2 cups of berries, or two dried patties (burger size patties), place them in a pot with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Mix a handful of flour in with another cup of water until smooth, then pour into the boiling berry mixture, stirring constantly, simmering for several minutes. If you’d rather measure and use cornstarch to thicken, then mix 2 tablespoons cornstarch in with the cup of water, sweeten first, then mix in the cornstarch mixture, boil for a minute and you’re done.

To sweeten: you can use sugar OR an artificial sweetener, to taste. Start with ˝ cup and see how you like it. You may have to go up to a cup. (Or 12 packets sweetener up to 24.)

Cool slightly and serve like soup, dipping in your frybread.

For other berry variations (my 2nd fav is a mixture of blackberries and raspberries) follow the same directions, just mashing the berries as you’re simmering them.
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Old 05-08-2007, 03:53 PM   #2
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mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmhmmmmmmmmmmmmmm....


sounds good. make me some and bring it down in July. I'll be waiting at the fence line.....aye.
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Old 05-08-2007, 04:09 PM   #3
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sounds nummy! we don't have chokecherries growing around here.
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Old 05-09-2007, 11:24 AM   #4
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So what you need to do is to plan a trip to Crow Fair, drive south, and load up on the chokecherries!!!

And I can make some in July, but I don't think my car will make it very far south in the heat.

Everyone please feel free to post their wojapi recipes!!!
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Just make me some patties and mail em overnite.
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Hey, that would work. Hopefully it's another bumper crop this year. I'll make a bunch of patties - they keep forever.
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If you have fresh berries, please run them through a grinder, pound them with a mortar and pestel, do whatever you can to break down the pits into fine pieces.

Please, note this important piece of traditional knowledge. Chokecherry pits contain toxic hydrocyanic acid. The grinding, and cooking or drying are aupposed to break down this compound.

http://www.biosurvey.ou.edu/shrub/prun-vir.htm
http://extension.usu.edu/rangeplants...hokecherry.htm
http://www.gardenline.usask.ca/fruit/choke.html
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Good info there. So remember to spit out your seeds when eating fresh chokecherries! And don't worry about the symptons of having a blue mouth. That will happen ANYTIME you eat chokecherries.

Chokecherries do make a real goot wine!
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Cool slightly and serve like soup, dipping in your frybread.

For other berry variations (my 2nd fav is a mixture of blackberries and raspberries) follow the same directions, just mashing the berries as you’re simmering them.
*homer simpson voice* mmmmmmmmmmmmm cranberries.....
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Cool slightly and serve like soup, dipping in your frybread.

For other berry variations (my 2nd fav is a mixture of blackberries and raspberries) follow the same directions, just mashing the berries as you’re simmering them.
Have you ever tried pineapple??? just for the sake of allergies, I had to try other fruits. Still sweet!!!
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I never even thought of PINEAPPLE! But I love pineapple upside down cake. Maybe I'll try it with brown sugar.
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