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Using frozen fruit
Thu 9-Jan-14
1:17 pm
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scotjo

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Hi folks,

Long time lurker but newbie poster here with a question for all you experts please :)

I've made rasp vodka, sloe gin, damson gin & bramble something with recipes from here but only using the fresh fruit from the garden.

I don't drink but they've always gone down very well with friends & family - possibly too well as I've run out :( & would like to get some more done for next year's pressies if possible.

Has anybody tried making rasp or bramble vodka with frozen fruit? Does it work as well as the fresh fruit? This year was so good for rasps & brambles that I've got pounds & pounds of both in the freezer ........... thought it might be good to use some in anything but jams & jellies as I'm heartily sick of looking at the jam pot!

 

Thanking you for any advice - always greatly received,

Jo

 

 

Thu 9-Jan-14
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Hi Jo, welcome

cant see why it shouldn't work, in fact it should be great as the fruit will have softened from being frozen, I know fruit always looks a bit wet when it's been frozen and defrosted, but as Martin will probably explain if he sees this, it's something to do with the breaking down of the molecular structure, rather than more water, I'd definitely do it.

Thu 9-Jan-14
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I would use frozen fruit.

Don't defrost, just add the alcohol and sugar. Sloe gin is made from frozen sloes  commercially, so you should be OK- some fruits will go a bit mushy when defrosted but added frozen you stand a chance of them just thawing out and remaining fairly whole.

 Are we having fun yet? I am!

Thu 9-Jan-14
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Thank you for the welcome & the replies :)

I make the jams / marmalades from frozen throughout the year & they turn out fine so thought it should work but didn't know enough about the drinks to be sure & didn't want to waste a bottle of vodka!

 

Will give it a go shortly :)

 

jo

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