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Sloe Gin
Thu 26-Aug-10
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devongarden
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Shelley, have you tried feezing them overnight to burst the skins? It saves pricking them, but depends on having room in the freezer!

P has been offered damsons for the picking, so we will spend tomorrow morning doing that.smile

Thu 26-Aug-10
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wave  Good try TA.  big_laugh

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wavewave Hi Danuta!  Well, if you don't ask you don't get - do you?

I'll try that again!

Sat 13-Aug-11
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I have a source of sloes this year, not ready yet, but if Ruth (or anyone else  near enough) wants to visit a bit later on we could pick some.  Let me know if you are interested.

We have been given damsons which are not quite ripe--any suggestions for using them? The ripe ones are for gin!

Sat 13-Aug-11
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Keep them in a basket for a while to see if they ripen up; if not make them into chutney along with prunes & other dried fruit. Well that's what I would do faced with the same problem. smile

 

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A few weeks ago I picked some unripe plums from our tree, to make sure the wasps and birds didn't get to them all before I did, and they ripened easily within just a few days indoors.  Don't know whether damsons would be the same, but worth waiting a few days to see.

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Sat 13-Aug-11
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Thanks, Nadine and Sue. I have them in a basket, and by default am letting them ripen, so I will wait and see!

Nadine, at what stage of the process do you get the stones out for chutney?  I have tried chutney with most things, but so far nothing with stones in it.

Tue 30-Aug-11
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Picked my first batch of the sloes for the year today from my secret spot..the bush is absolutely laden, but then walked further on(with the dog) to a blackthorn hedge that is usually a good source and hardly anything..might have already been picked over but I doubt it. I wasn't going to bother with them this year, but can never resist. They are in the freezer now until I get the gin & vodka.

Wed 31-Aug-11
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I boil fruit up first to get rid of stones before adding much else. That way it is easier to find the stones.cheers

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Terrier said:

Picked my first batch of the sloes for the year today from my secret spot..the bush is absolutely laden, but then walked further on(with the dog) to a blackthorn hedge that is usually a good source and hardly anything..might have already been picked over but I doubt it. I wasn't going to bother with them this year, but can never resist. They are in the freezer now until I get the gin & vodka.

I picked a few that seemed squashy enough, left the rest for later. I still thought they weren't really ripe enough so stored them with an overripe banana for a few days before freezing.

Now, the eternal dilemma...

Pick now while they aren't really ripe enough? confused

Hold on for a while and risk someone else picking them? yell

Or, as happened to me last year - risk going back to find the hedge cut back to the bones and the fruit all gone? cry

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devongarden said:

Thanks, Nadine and Sue. I have them in a basket, and by default am letting them ripen, so I will wait and see!

Nadine, at what stage of the process do you get the stones out for chutney?  I have tried chutney with most things, but so far nothing with stones in it.


wave   I cut the plums & take the stones out before I cook unless they are very small ones in which case I do what Joanna does & cook them first & fish them out by putting them in a sieve to cool a bit.

 

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Wed 31-Aug-11
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Pick them now Ruth, under ripe is better than none at all!

Thu 1-Sep-11
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Found a couple of sloe bushes in my garden behind the barn¦.harvesting today and I know where there are loads more only because the locals don't know what to do with them¦so busy day ahead¦.winkwink

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Thu 1-Sep-11
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Thanks for the suggestions on getting the stones out. I now have some very good damson jam in jars.

Sloes are a great disappointment here this year, they are only the size of haws and therefore not really worth picking. A few have gone even so, and I may decide to harvest some later for gin, but at that size I am not sure how much fruit or flavor there would be!

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Barbara, I wonder if, despite being small, their flavour may be more intense - have you had a lot of rain - if not, it could be the reason for them being a little on the small side?

Difficult to know, really, as it isn't something you want to taste !!! big_laugh

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