South Carolina Archaeology Public Outreach Division (SCAPOD) Berry Ink Recipe

South Carolina Archaeology Public Outreach Division (SCAPOD) Berry Ink Recipe

Helena Ferguson, Meg Gaillard, and Erika Shofner

Helena Ferguson, Meg Gaillard, and Erika Schofner

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The berry ink in use!

Berry Ink recipe

(Adapted from Berry Ink In American Girls Pastimes: Felicity Craft’s Book)


  • Measuring cup
  • Small bowl
  • Spoon
  • 1 cup of ripe berries (e.g., strawberries, blackberries, or raspberries) *increase this amount for double and triple batches for classrooms
  • Strainer
  • Jar with lid
  • 1 tsp of vinegar (per 1 cup of berries)
  • 1 tsp of salt (per 1 cup of berries)
  • Food coloring (optional)

Time Required 

45 -60 minutes


  1. Place berries into the strainer and rinse with water.
  2. If using strawberries, cut away and discard leaves.
  3. While berries are in the strainer use the back of the spoon and crush the berries allowing the juice to drip into the bowl.
  4. Add the vinegar and salt to the berry juice and mix well until the salt is completely dissolved .
  5. If the ink appears too light, add food coloring to darken.
  6. Pour the ink into a jar and tighten the lid when not in use. Berry ink can spoil quickly, so only make the amount of ink you will need for one day at a time.