Monday, September 3, 2012

Monday Munchies ~ Howling Jack Honey Pumpkin Mead

The other day, my friend Renee who writes over at Confessions of A Modern Witch posted these recipes in one of the groups we both belong to on Facebook. I've had these very same recipes in my BOS for a number of years and had honestly forgotten about them. After seeing them again, I wanted to share them here. Some I have tried, some I haven't... These are more for Samhain, but can be used for any Harvest celebration you may be having.

First up... (and I have not tried this recipe, yet) because it takes the longest to prepare is:

Howling Jack Honey Pumpkin Mead 
(I used the picture Renee had on her post)
This mead is the color of a ripe peach and smells like autumn leaves - perfect for a Harvest party or Sabbat.

1 sound, hard-rind pumpkin (approx. 2 quart capacity)
Paraffin wax
1 1/2 quarts of water
4 lbs. honey
2 each oranges and lemons
1 pkt. wine yeast
1 tea bag (black tea)

Prepare yeast starter.

Sterilize honey and water by boiling for 10 minutes, skimming the froth as it rises.
Remove from heat; stir in sliced citrus fruits, including skins.
Cool to room temperature; pitch yeast.
Allow to sit overnight.

Prepare pumpkin by cutting off the top with a sharp knife. The top must "mate" with the bottom so cut carefully. Clean out the seeds, strings, and membranes of the pumpkin. Rinse out with water.

Pour the must into the pumpkin, leaving an inch of air space between the liquid and the rim of the opening. Replace the top.

Prepare the paraffin/water bath: Fill a plastic bucket with hot water, melt the paraffin wax and float it on the water.

Dip the pumpkin, bottom first, into the warm paraffin until it is coated up to its lid. Once the paraffin begins to harden on the pumpkin skin, seal the lid by carefully pouring paraffin over the top, making sure to coat the seam.

Set the pumpkin in the middle of a shallow dishpan full of water to keep thirsty pickle worms at bay and place it in a dark, quiet spot.

Allow to sit for two months, and then siphon off and bottle.

Note: It is probably a good idea to rack the mead into a glass fermenter, fitted with an air lock, for evaluation prior to bottling. If the fermentation is not complete and you bottle prematurely, the corks and glass may blow.


  1. I could never make this as I would wander, but it sounds so good.

    Oh! This weekend when I was in PA, I had a sushi roll you would like! There was NO fish in it at all. It was rice and seaweed wrapped around pumpkin and asparagus tempura. It was so good! If I hadn't been getting hibachi, I probably would have made a meal out of pumpkin asparagus rolls.

    Why, yes, I did try it just because it said pumpkin. :D

    1. LOL! You and I are the exact same when it comes to all things pumpkin! I haven't tried this one either, but I do have a nice spiced mead I may break out with at Thanksgiving... I've been keeping it since I went to Spring Fest in 2010...