Berry Saft


A Scandinavian recipe for a delicious berry drink, translated for me by a friend. Good for any kind of berry. When ready to drink, add small amount of saft to a glass of water, to taste. Add more sugar as needed; stir well.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
50 servings


  • 2 quarts fresh blackberries

  • 1 ¼ cups water, or more as needed

  • 1 pound white sugar, or as needed


  1. Bring blackberries and water to a boil in a large pot until blackberries are softened, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and mash berries using a potato masher.

  2. Line a sieve with cheese cloth; place over a large pot. Pour mashed berries through cheese cloth-line sieve; let sit until all liquid has drained through cheese cloth, about 30 minutes. Stir 1 pound sugar per 1/2 gallon of drained blackberry juice.

  3. Bring blackberry juice and sugar to a boil in a pot; cook until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Skim off any residue accumulated on top.

  4. Sterilize jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Pack hot saft into the hot, sterilized jars, filling the jars to within 1/4 inch of the top. Run a knife or a thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with lids, and screw on rings. Store in refrigerator.

Cook's Note:

You can always add more sugar, but never take it back out. It is better to make saft with less sugar, and add more later, if it isn't sweet enough.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

45 Calories
0g Fat
11g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 50
Calories 45
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 5mg 24%
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 38mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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