Sea buckthorn Harvesting for the winter

Sea buckthorn Harvesting

Sea buckthorn is a radiant, sunny, and one of the most useful berries that shower long and delicate branches of trees and shrubs. Nature has added large amounts of vitamins and nutrients to every golden berry. This is the richest source of all… The trees bear much of their fruit; the berries are perfectly preserved and have an excellent taste and an incomparable aroma. Sea buckthorn is widely collected for the winter and is not only used as an effective medicine but is also used as a regular delicacy: it is used for fillings in pies, spicy sauce is made, jam is prepared, etc. In this topic, we offer the TOP-8 of the most interesting and useful recipes on how to prepare sea buckthorn for the winter.

How to prepare sea buckthorn for the winter at home? TOP 10 recipes,  cooking tips, and secrets of chefs.

Cooking tips and subtleties

  • The sea buckthorn season begins in August and lasts until late autumn. But the fruits are harvested as they ripen. The main harvest season is the beginning and middle of autumn or the beginning of the first frost. Ripe berries should have a rich yellow-orange color. Make sure that the berries do not mature; otherwise, they will suffocate during harvest and become unusable for harvest.
  • Wear protective clothing when choosing, as sea buckthorn juice is poorly washed.
  • The product is collected in several ways: they are cut from branches, cut off along with shoots or other tools are used. The most common method of picking berries from branches, but it takes a long time. But the advantage is that the berries are intact and the tree is not damaged. A faster process is “combing” when the fruit is shaved from the branches. Cutting with shoots is most often used for freezing.
  • Regardless of the method of collecting berries, whole and undamaged fruits are selected for harvest. They are sorted, removed from debris and stems, and then washed thoroughly and, if necessary, rinsed with boiling water.
  • This miracle berry is consumed fresh and harvested for the winter season. Juices, marshmallows, jams, marmalades, jellies, jams, liqueurs, wines, tinctures, and liqueurs are made from these rich golden fruits.
  • The less heat treatment of sea buckthorn, the more useful substances will be left in it. Therefore, it is most beneficial for the body and a simple recipe that even a novice housewife can handle is sea buckthorn rubbed with sugar.
  • Be sure to disinfect jars and lids for the workpiece. Wash the jars with baking soda and disinfect over steam for 10 minutes, in the microwave at maximum mode for 2 minutes, and bake in the oven for 10 minutes at 110-150 ° C. Disinfect the lid in boiling water. This will kill all germs and ensure the long-term storage of the workpiece.

Whole with sugar

Fresh sea buckthorn with sugar in its own juice for the winter. Berries are perfectly stored. The main thing is to fill them with sugar in a ratio of not less than 1: 1. In winter, they are used to cook vegetables, fruit drinks, beverages, sauces, and fillings.

  • Caloric content per 100 g – 442 kcal kcal.
  • Dosage – 2.5 kg
  • Cooking time – 3 hours


  • Sea buckthorn – 1 kg
  • Sugar – 1, 4 kg
  • Cook sea buckthorn with sugar for the winter:
  • Wash and dry sorted berries without twigs and leaves.
  • Disinfect jars and lids thoroughly.
  • Pour clean dry fruit into jars in a layer of 3 cm. Sprinkle with this sugar.
  • Similarly, replace the berries with refined sugar and fill a glass container.
  • Cover the jar with a lid and let the workpiece stand at room temperature for 12 hours to form the sugar syrup.
  • Then place the workpiece in the fridge, as the sugar syrup will stand out more.
  • After 2-3 weeks, sea buckthorn for the winter with sugar in its own juice will be ready.
  • Store in a refrigerator at + 4 ° C.

Frozen sea buckthorn with sugar

The winter is the easiest way to harvest it because sea buckthorn is not afraid of frost. Frozen fruits are used to boil fruit drinks, and purees, or simply beat berries and pour over tea. It turns out tasty, healthy, and without unnecessary hassles.


  • Sea buckthorn – 1 kg
  • Sugar – 0.5 kg

Cook frozen  sugar:

  • Arrange the berries from the twigs and trash, rinse and place on a paper towel to dry for 40 minutes to evaporate all moisture.
  • Transfer the berries to a baking tray so that they do not come into contact with each other and place them in the freezer for 3 hours at -20 ° C.
  • Remove the baking tray and place the berries in a special plastic bag, container, or cup, alternating with sugar. Seal tightly, mix and shake. The main condition is to freeze in portions so that the dose can be used at one time because thawed food must not be frozen again.
  • Store frozen sea buckthorn in the freezer for the winter.

 Jelly without cooking

A simple recipe for live jelly without cooking for the winter. Take the sea buckthorn medicine every day for dessert, one spoonful, and you will not be afraid of the flu or cold.


  • Sea buckthorn – 1 kg
  • Sugar – 1 kg

Creating a live sea buckthorn jelly:

  • Gently wash the sea buckthorn, transfer to a bowl or saucepan and bring to a boil while stirring. Do not add water.
  • Dry the berries in portions through a fine metal sieve.
  • Mix the resulting juice with sugar and mix well.
  • Leave the sea buckthorn jelly overnight and stir again.
  • Pour live sea buckthorn jelly into clean jars, cover with nylon lids and store in the refrigerator at + 4 ° C.

 with honey and lemon

A simple recipe with real honey, because the color of the workpiece is very similar to May honey. Sea buckthorn for the winter can be brewed with honey and lemon in the form of tea or your favorite drink. It is used as jam or jam; it is used to fill pies and cakes.


  • Sea buckthorn – 600 g
  • Honey – 200 g
  • Lemon – 1 pc.

Cook  with honey and lemon:

  • Wash berries, put on a towel and dry.
  • Wash the lemon in hot water, dry it, cut it into slices, and remove all seeds.
  • Then grind and lemon with a mixer or turn through a meat grinder.
  • Pour sugar into the sea buckthorn-lemon puree and stir.
  • The honey is placed in a clean glass jar and stored in a refrigerator at + 4 ° C.


The meat will be a great vitamin cocktail on cold winter days; it will strengthen the immune system and delight you with excellent taste. When you taste, you can add a spice of mint to the drink, it will preferably ignite the taste and give a refreshing aroma.


  • Sea buckthorn – 1 kg
  • Sugar – 1 kg
  • Water – 1, 2 l

Cooking  compote:

  • Rinse slightly unripe berries, dry, and pour into sterile heated jars.
  • Pour water into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add sugar, turn off the heat and stir well to dissolve the purified sugar completely.
  • Pour the sea buckthorn with hot sugar syrup up to the shoulders of the jar, cover with clean lids and sterilize at a temperature not higher than + 90 ° C: 0.5-liter jars – for 10 minutes, 1 liter – for 15 minutes. Please note that when harvested, disinfection is not applied, only sterilization. The difference is the temperature of the exposure. When sterilized, it does not exceed + 90 ° C.
  • Then immediately roll up the jars with lids, turn them upside down, wrap them in a warm blanket and allow cooling slowly. Cooling slowly will prolong and improve shelf life. When the drink has cooled completely, keep it in a dark and cool place.


A vitamin blend that everyone can make in their kitchen in just a few minutes –  jam. It can be added to desserts, pastries, and mousse cakes to create a juicy, lively and delicious drink.


  • Sea buckthorn – 1 kg
  • Sugar – 1, 2 kg

Making  jam:

  • Wash slightly unripe berries and wipe well with a paper towel.
  • Put them in a deep pot, and sprinkle with sugar.
  • Store the contents in a refrigerator or other cool place for 5-6 hours. During this time, the sea buckthorn will release the juice.
  • Then place the piece on the stove and cook until it boils, removing the foam. Sea buckthorn is being prepared in one place.
  • Arrange the berries in ready-made jars and seal immediately with clean lids. Wrap them in a warm blanket and allow cooling slowly.

Raw jam

Sea buckthorn for the winter without cooking – “raw” or it is also called “cold” jam. This is one economical way to prepare for the vitamin composition, as it is not heat treated.


  • Sea buckthorn – 1 kg
  • Sugar – 1, 3 kg

Cook raw jam:

  • Rinse the berries and dry them on a towel.
  • Mix them with sugar (1 kg) and put them in sterile jars, 3/4 full.
  • Pour the rest of the sugar on top of the berries, all the way to the edge of the jar.

Cover the jars with a lid and place the workpiece in the cold or in a refrigerator at + 4 ° C.

 Rubbed with sugar

Delicious and healthy sea buckthorn shredded with sugar for the winter will decorate any evening meal. Eat delicious sea buckthorn every day; because the ingredient contains vitamin A, which is so much lacking on winter days.


  • Sea buckthorn – 1 kg
  • Sugar – 1.5 kg

Cook grated  with sugar:

  • Rinse ripe berries and dry well by putting them in one layer on a cotton or paper towel.
  • Combine berries with sugar; stir and grind (crush) with a wooden stick. You can use a potato masher.
  • Transfer the icing sugar mass formed into ready-made clean jars, cover with paper on top, and press on it with a nylon lid.
  • Store puree with sugar in the refrigerator at + 4 ° C or in the basement.

 Juice without sugar

The juice from sea buckthorn berries is a whole storehouse with healing properties that are so necessary for the body during the cold season. It contains valuable unsaturated fatty acids, 10 vitamins, and 15 trace elements. At the same time, the caloric content of the drink is low – 52 kcal.


  • Sea buckthorn – 1 kg
  • Water – 0.35 l

Preparation of sugar-free thorn juice for the winter:

  • Wash berries and dry well. Then grind with a blender or rub through a sieve and squeeze well. Put the resulting juice in the refrigerator.
  • Puree or chop the sea buckthorn tree again. Add hot water (+ 40 ° C) and stir. Water should be 1/3 of the total mass of pulp. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes and squeeze again. This procedure can be repeated 2-3 times. Use enamel or glass containers. Uncoated metal pots can destroy vitamin C in berries.
  • Sift all obtained sea buckthorn juice through a double layer of cheesecloth and heat on the stove to + 75 ° С. Sift it hot and pour it into clean jars.
  • Put them on sterilized at + 85 ° С: sterilized jars with a volume of 0.5 liters for 15 minutes, and 1 liter for 20 minutes.
  • Immediately roll up sea buckthorn juice with clean lids, wrap it in a warm blanket and allow it to cool slowly.
Sea buckthorn Harvesting
Sea buckthorn Harvesting


To prepare dried sea buckthorn for the winter, berries are harvested before frost, when the skin is still intact and has not burst from the cold. Berries can be dried separately, but leaves and twigs are often dried together with them. they contain no less useful substances. Drinks are usually made from dried ingredients.


  • Sea buckthorn – any amount

Cook dried  for the winter:

  • Arrange the berries, remove debris from them and wash.
  • Place the fruit in one layer on a smooth surface (plywood, baking tray) and store only in the shade or in a dry ventilated place, but not in the sun.
  • Dry them at home in a special electric dryer or in an oven at + 40 ° C or with an infrared heater.
  • Store raw materials in paper bags or bags made of natural materials, as they are well ventilated.

Other ways to harvest  for the winter

  • If there is no time to process sea buckthorn according to any of the above recipes, use the following method. Hang cut sea buckthorn branches with berries or put them in one layer in a room at a temperature of 0 to + 4 ° C, for example in the refrigerator. And keep sea buckthorn in such conditions until spring. You can also send articles with berries in the freezer. Frozen berries are the easiest to break off branches.
  • Another equally simple way to preserve healthy berries is water. To do this, place the freshly picked berries in a glass container and pour boiled water at room temperature. Cover it with a lid and place the container with the workpiece in the refrigerator. Store at + 4 ° C for several months.