how to make ume juice

The umes are in the shops, I repeat, the umes are in the shops.  Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, I tried ume juice that someone had made and it was the nicest thing I have ever had to drink, that I can come up with now.  I like umeshu too, but I don’t really drink, especially not at home, so this year, I’m giving the old ume juice (梅ジュース) a whirl.

Here’s how I have prepared it following the book 「大切にしたい、にっぽんの暮らし。」by さとうひろみ. It is a gorgeous book and very informative.

Gather the necessary items (1kg ume (¥1,382), 1kg rock sugar (¥429) and a 3 or 4 litre container (¥645))

Wash and then soak the ume for 3 hours

Take the little stalk out with a cocktail stick and dry the ume

Write a note of the date you made it

Layer the ume and sugar in alternative layers.

Put the container in a dark, cool place. Shake every day for the next two to three weeks until the ume have shrivelled and voila, it’s ready. I will keep you up to date on the progress.

Want something a little more vingeary?  Try ume-sour


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