What is Saft?
Saft is basically concentrated juice that you buy at the store (or make yourself) and then you mix it with still, or sparkling water.
Before you stop reading as you are thinking, “Oh yum. Watered down juice. Bleh!”, I promise it isn’t bad. The beauty of it is that you can decide how much actual juice you, or your kids, are consuming. Mix it with sparkling water and it suddenly becomes even more of a treat!
Saft is often drank during fika. It is a favorite among children, but many adults drink it as well. I prefer mine mixed with sparkling water, but I prefer bubbles in all of my drinks, which is probably why.
Collect Fruits and Vegetables for Saft
One of the many things that sold us on the house that we are renting, is the abundance of fruit available in the yard. I’ve since learned that it is pretty standard in Sweden to have lots of yummy stuff growing just outside your door, but I think we have an overabundance of deliciousness to enjoy!
Among the many different kinds of berries and fruits, we have big rhubarbs stalks. I wasn’t sure what to use them for, but some friends recommended that we use them for making saft which seemed like a great idea to me.
We went out into our garden where we cut down the rhubarb stalks. As you can see from the size, they were extraordinarily large. We then cut the leaves off the tops of them and gave them a good rinse with the garden hose. Now, we were ready to head inside and begin making our rhubarb saft!
About a pound of rhubarb
1 cup of sugar
1/4 of a gallon of water
Wash and dry rhubarb.
Cut the rhubarb into small pieces.
Place rhubarb, water, and sugar into a pot and bring to a boil.
Let it boil for about 12 minutes.
Use a spoon to smash the rhubarb pieces while they boil.
Place a tea towel over a strainer and place the strainer inside of a bowl.
Slowly pour the boiled rhubarb into the tea towel.
Let the juice sift completely through into the bowl.
Place the saft into containers.
When you are ready to enjoy it, mix it with a bit of still or sparkling water; and if you want a real yummy treat add sparkling lemonade to your rhubarb saft!