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Damson plum ideas + and this years bottling
Wed 17-Aug-11
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simplicity kev

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Hi ,  This year damson plums have done very well.  So well infact that I need more ideas of what to do with them.  We have made a concentrated juice , bottled them, and made a spicy chuckney.

So any other ideas ?  I prefer to bottle than freeze, although I am open to any suggestions.

I have bottled up 10 large jars of courgettes with carrot, onion + spices, that was a neat Russian recipe.

Our peas and beans are going well, way better than last year, and we bottled last weekend.

Forest mushrooms start soon, so its all go go.

Anyway back to my damson problem. I sent out some visiting friends to pick damsons yesterday and being enthusiastic Brussels townies they came back with 10 kilos for me.  So it is a 10 kilo problem.

thanks Kevin

Wed 17-Aug-11
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Damson Gin, Vodka and Brandy?  That covers bottling as well.cheers There is also Damson Cheese, fruit leathers etc.  Do a search on the forum and the blog.

I'll try that again!

Wed 17-Aug-11
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Hi Toffeeapple , Leathers , I did that once. Forgotten it. Seem to remember its was a Iranian recipe.  Cheese sounds interesting.

thanks Kev

Wed 17-Aug-11
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Let us know what you do won't you?  We are nothing if not inquisitive!

I'll try that again!

Wed 17-Aug-11
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I will indeed, how is north Bucks this morning ? We have blue sky and 24C in the Ardennes.

Kev

Wed 17-Aug-11
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North Bucks is warm with high cloud, no blue sky or sun. 

I'll try that again!

Wed 17-Aug-11
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South Bucks the same but we have had some sun this morning. I am going to pick blackberries this afternoon to make jelly. I have already made some pectin from my windfall apples, so it should set well (if I can find enough jars....ponder)

 

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Wed 17-Aug-11
8:24 pm
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plum sauce is delicious and keeps well; I use a combination of the Lakeland one and recipes from the net

 

Essentially you cook the plums in vinegar; then strain them trough a sieve or mouli

Finally add sugar and spices and reduce down.

Keeps very well and is DELISH with chicken or pork cubed and fried and then sauce added until reduced even further; serve with rice

Wed 17-Aug-11
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I have a recipe somewhere for a victorian brown sauce, it uses plums, but I assume you could use damsons. It's like a virtuous HP sauce.

Thu 18-Aug-11
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I have a recipe somewhere for real brown sauce.... it is so close that we use it as a replacement now... but were rather shocked at exactly what went in to it.... largely SUGAR!surprisedsurprised

Thu 18-Aug-11
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Would love to know your virtuous HP recipe Janet as we are nearly out from our bottle we brought back from the UK.cheers

Thu 18-Aug-11
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will post it to the forum Joanna - we love it, I make loads and it lasts us all year. However I have to admit to it not being a big seller on my stall. (fortunately for us)

Mon 22-Aug-11
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Plum Ketchup. There's a recipe in Delia's Complete Cookery Course. It's a huge favourite round here and I've used damsons in it before. I upped the sugar slightly to compensate as the recipe is written for Victoria Plums but either way it's one that I keep getting asked for more of.

Mon 22-Aug-11
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mrsmortis said:

Plum Ketchup. There's a recipe in Delia's Complete Cookery Course. It's a huge favourite round here and I've used damsons in it before. I upped the sugar slightly to compensate as the recipe is written for Victoria Plums but either way it's one that I keep getting asked for more of.

The plum ketchup sounds good. At the weekend we found another treeful of wild plums (and big uns too). Some were ripe but a lot were still very sour. I might give that a go if I manage to pick enough.

Edit: I meant to say the recipe is on delia's website here

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Mon 22-Aug-11
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That's the recipe I use Mrsmortis.

Joanna do you have the delia cook book, here's a link to the recipe which is on line, if you need me to post it to the forum I can do (sorry I forgot the other day, had a busy weekend)

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