Picking the Berries
Once the bag is full...you'll have to finish the job...because big brother attracted her away by climbing the cedar and shouting "Neat-O"
Prepping The Berries
Really, this is very easy. Just find a nice shady spot and take your tea. The berries have tiny stems and you don't want to have to pick each little stems off. So get a hand-full and roll them gently in your palms. The twigs will come off and lay in the bottom of you hand then you can gently roll the berries off of your hand and into the bowl. Lots of giggling and turning it into a game will attract the little person again.
Great Job! What a big helper I have and so cute and sweet too.________________________________________________________________________
Making the Tincture
Easier still is making the tincture. After you have washed the berries toss them in a blender or food processor until they are slightly crushed.
Place the crushed berries (seeds and all) into jars with tight fitting lids, leaving 1-2 inches head space. I use canning jars with canning lids and rings.
Once they have soaked for a long time strain the berries using a stainless-steel strainer, reserve the liquid and compost the berries. Store out of the reach of children in a cool, dark location. The tincture will keep indefinitely.