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Suitable dried things for winemaking.

A vast selection of dried produce is avalible for winemaking. All those stange packs of dried apricots etc in the health food shop take on a whole new look.

The advantage of dried stuff is that it can be used throughout the year. For a small expense you can avoid all the effort of going on picking expeditions.

Below is a representative(ish) sample, but see Rule 1. As a rule of thumb one packet makes one gallon, but some trail and error may be needed.

Apricots.
Can be bought everywhere. Get unsulphured if you can. Shop around for the best price. Might need two packs.
Apples.
Harder to find and more expensive than real ones, so why bother?
Bilberry.
Great if you can find them. Can be reused a couple of times to get 3 differant gallons.
Elderberry.
Tom makes this by the barrel. Price round £3 a packet, which will do a good few gallons.
Elderflower.
Less than a pound a pack, and fantastic.
Orange blossom.
As rose petal, but less pretty.
Peaches.
Like apricots. 1/2 to 1lb.
Raisins and Sultanas.
Shove half a pound of these in most wines to make them more winy. Remember they are just dried grapes!
Rose Petals.
Incredibly cheap at around £1 a packet, and makes incredibly pretty wine.
Sloes
Try sloe and elderberry wine.

See also : Fruit
  : Vegetables
  : Flowers
  : Other things
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