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Sloes?
Wed 13-Oct-10
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I have been harvesting sloes on Gower and in Cheshire for many years now and know exactly what they look like.

However, I had heard of something called a bullace, and also a cross between a sloe and a bullace in some areas. We are now on Wiltshire Hampshire border and have loads of sloe gin on the go, so don't need any more sloes, but the other day on a visit to a park near Andover I found the biggest, juiciest sloes I'd ever seen.  More like a round damson.  Could they be one of the above? or a particularly well nourished blackthorn? They were pretty soft, but hadn't gone dry and wrinkled like sloes do when they are over.  There weren't any other fruit trees nearby.

Wed 13-Oct-10
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i wouldn't know, puffin. i'm sure someone with more knowledge than myself will come by and let you know. i just want to politely 'hijack' this thread to see if anyone would care to help me find uses for using sloes on their own as i don't seem to find any recipes that do (plenty of sloe gin, but i hate gin/vodka et al!)

atm, i've picked about 1.5kg of sloes and i don't have any other fruit to use up. Will it be possible to make a jam with them, or do they needing something to help it setting? or could i use them as a substitute for blackberries etc., for making a fruit pie/crumble, or make to turn it into a puree?

thanks!smile

Wed 13-Oct-10
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You could make this - steamed sloe pudding, or sloe jelly.  Do let us know if you make them?

I'll try that again!

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i could make the steamed sloe pudding. martin blunos seems v knowledgable about his food, esp. from northern europe, but the recipe has sloe gin and blackberry jam - neither of which i have atm. perhaps, substituting the jam for an apple and elderberry jam that i made the other week (should be ok to use now, as jams can be used straightaway without the need for maturity, right?). as a new preserving-virgin and forager, i am slowly getting into my new hobby with zeal! i'll let you know, toffeeapple, how it tastes! laugh

Thu 14-Oct-10
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lol...id no hoisin sauce the other night so thinned down some sloe jelly and added that to the duck everyone liked it

Thu 14-Oct-10
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MMMM !!  I love duck; lucky really as it's everywhere here in toulouse!smile

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Could you sling one over here for me please?  I love them too.

I'll try that again!

Thu 14-Oct-10
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big_laughbig_laughsorry but its a little far and probably as expensive as in the uk if not more.... meat is EXTORTIONATELY expensive here!eeek

Thu 14-Oct-10
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Shame!  Never mind, I shall have to wait until I get to France again.  Ooh, Volaille de Bresse - haven't had that for several years.  Yum.i_am_hungry

I'll try that again!

Tue 19-Oct-10
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Hi,

 

I have been getting back to nature recently, after a particularly hard month financially, I decided to buy a second hand bike and it was the best £15 I have spent.

On my way to work I noticed that all along the roadside were sloe, rose hip and red currant bushes.  Well my addiction to foraging started.  So far I have collected a huge amount of sloes as no one seemed to bother picking them so 9kg later I have decided to freeze some for making into sloe gin for keeps and a fresh lot will be used to make a Christmas batch.  Along with my sloe gin recipes, I am going to look at lots of ways that I can use the sloes, such as baking muffins, Sloe Sherry and other goodies.

Another first for me is rose hip syrup, which after chopping rose hips for 2 hours was worth it.  Also in abundance around Exeter are apples, so much so that it looks to become a staple of mine over the winter.  My favourite recipe is stewed apples with sloes and topped of with a dash of rose hip syrup.

Has anyone made blackberry gin or vodka?  Is it worth doing?

If anyone wants to check out my recipes in my Wild Recipe section visit http://www.mybigfoodblog.com.

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Alex

Wed 20-Oct-10
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hi there

 

glad you have found so much wild harvest!  I am not sure about the blackberry vodka; but if you visit the drinks section of this forum there is a large post on flavoured vodkas and you should find some help there

 

your blog is great! I love the drunk badger!smile

Wed 20-Oct-10
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Puffin- your big sloes sound like bullaces to me, they are really good! Way more useful than sloes as they aren't so incredibly sour, one never forgets the first bite of a raw sloe ....

 

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Wed 20-Oct-10
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Hi Alex - I've been picking sloes in Exeter!!  Saw a couple of others after them at the weekend too so leave some for me.  wink  Welcome to CSH forum.  cool

Wed 20-Oct-10
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waveWelcome to the forum Alex!  You might be interested in this course since you are in Devon; Ruth and Barbara too.

I'll try that again!

Wed 20-Oct-10
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mybigfoodblog said:

Has anyone made blackberry gin or vodka?  Is it worth doing?


 

My daughter makes both, and they are good. She lives in the frozen north, (Yorks) and has found a very good supply nearish to her house.

She put small bottles of blackberry gin in all the Christmas stockings, I put in rasp. gin or vodka, P put in his rasp gin--much more liqueur-like than mine, there was barely room for the various flavors of chocolate we all contributed!

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