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(Date Posted:13/09/2011 12:02 PM)
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My lovely PA has picked me some sloes to start off this years sloe gin.
So please line up your glasses


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and form an orderly queue.


***I should point out that it won't be ready for a couple of months, so you may wish to drag your bed along to the queue with you***
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RE:Sloe time
(Date Posted:13/09/2011 12:05 PM)

I am a townie, but spotted some sloes in a farmers shop - I think that's what they call people who "grow" food.

I have a bottle of Gordon's sloe gin. I am sure that it is not as good, though.

Happy swigging.



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RE:Sloe time
(Date Posted:13/09/2011 12:32 PM)

I'll send you a sample of my very own sloe gin, when it's ready, for you to do a taste comparison with our Gordon's version.
If you're really lucky, I may even enclose some gin-soaked sloe choccies as well!

I've never seen sloes for sale before!  I've always picked my own.  The trees are laden this year.  The blackberries are cropping well too.  Loads of stewed blackberry and apple with custard.  Delicious!

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RE:Sloe time
(Date Posted:13/09/2011 12:35 PM)

your making your own drink
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RE:Sloe time
(Date Posted:13/09/2011 1:06 PM)

A sloe gin and champagne cocktail is fabulous.   smiley89 
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RE:Sloe time
(Date Posted:13/09/2011 1:07 PM)

gin-soaked sloe choccies

< drools longingly >
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RE:Sloe time
(Date Posted:13/09/2011 2:27 PM)

We have a thicket of blackthorn trees, was intending to
go check the sloes there today but with the wind still
whooshing like it's been, wouldn't fancy getting too close
to their branches.......

Apples have been very disappointing this year, guess
the weather didn't suit so it's lucky we made a lot of
crab-apple schnapps/liqueur in 2010; elderberries look
set to be fine though, and have already picked some
good rosehips.
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RE:Sloe time
(Date Posted:13/09/2011 3:44 PM)

Phwoarr, this thread, slooooo


My friend mixed me a Sloe Pedlar. Or Slow Pedlar.

Sloe gin and bitter lemon, yesssssssss.

Instant conversion.





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RE:Sloe time
(Date Posted:13/09/2011 3:46 PM)



"gin-soaked sloe choccies as well!"





..... faints away............



I am not worthy. Actually, I am. Yes, definitely.



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RE:Sloe time
(Date Posted:13/09/2011 3:52 PM)

offworld,
The apples around here are doing well and it looks like the crops will be reasonable.  I'm a bit disappointed in the elderberries in the garden - I think the birds may have got there before me.  What are you planning to do with yours?  and the rose hips?

I see the beginnings of an Ouch wine tasting evening coming on.  We could include jams, pickles and chutneys too.

Yum!


Rachel


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RE:Sloe time
(Date Posted:13/09/2011 4:22 PM)

The sloes have been looking amazing lately (if I had the skill and inclination I'd make Sloe Gin for my Mum, it's her favourite and her Dad made a mean Sloe Gin) the elderberries and blackberries have been great for the last month too (been munching on the blackberries) smiley124

Our Roses are still looking blooming marvellous smiley122

Isn't autumn great smiley115

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RE:Sloe time
(Date Posted:13/09/2011 6:36 PM)

Autumn and Spring are my favourite months.  So much to see and hear and smell.
Lovely!
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RE:Sloe time
(Date Posted:13/09/2011 8:55 PM)

>>> What are you planning to do with yours? (elderberries) <<<

wine and syrup

 >>> and the rose hips? <<<

syrup

Both syrups are medicines to have in store for the winter,
--- and they taste good too!
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RE:Sloe time
(Date Posted:14/09/2011 6:06 AM)

Why only rosehip syrup?


www.zen37219.zen.co.uk/recipes.htm#Rosehip_Wine

If you go to the home page

www.zen37219.zen.co.uk/recipes.htm

it has many more, my mother used to make wheat and potato  wine.   It has to be left a long time to mature, but boy is it strong..tastes a bit like whisky.


I was a tad concerned to see Zebra Tonic Wine though.

(Message edited by stalwart On 14/09/2011 6:10 AM)
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RE:Sloe time
(Date Posted:14/09/2011 6:19 AM)

My mother used to make marrow brandy.  It was gorgeous on a cold winter's day.

Really simple to make too:

Cut a large marrow in half, take out the seeds. 
Fill both halves with demerrara sugar. 

Suspend in a net bag (or a string vest if you are SirC)  above a bucket or large bowl. 

After a couple of weeks or so, once it has all fermented and the liquid come away, bottle the liquid and leave to mature.
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Reply To Yvettea
(Date Posted:14/09/2011 7:15 AM)

Reply to Yvettea (14/09/2011 1:19 PM)

My mother used to make marrow brandy.  It was gorgeous on a cold winter's day.

Really simple to make too:

Cut a large marrow in half, take out the seeds. 
Fill both halves with demerrara sugar. 

Suspend in a net bag (or a string vest if you are SirC)  above a bucket or large bowl. 

After a couple of weeks or so, once it has all fermented and the liquid come away, bottle the liquid and leave to mature.


I tried that once, no-one told me you had to put a hole in the top...............

it explodedall over the kitchen!!!!!
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Re:Sloe time
(Date Posted:14/09/2011 8:28 AM)

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RE:Sloe time
(Date Posted:14/09/2011 11:36 AM)

>>>> Why only rosehip syrup? <<<<

Quantity; it's much appreciated by friends when they catch cold or flu!

We did however also make rose-petal & honeysuckle wine this summer.
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RE:Sloe time
(Date Posted:14/09/2011 11:41 AM)

>>>>
it has many more, my mother used to make wheat and potato  wine.  
It has to be left a long time to mature, but boy is it strong..tastes a bit like whisky.
<<<<

Coincidence you mentioning that -- tasted wheat wine for the first time last week
when friends popped in with some they'd made (afaicr, it's called "wheat brandy"
in this part of the country) ... great stuff ... don't like whisky but really liked that!
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RE:Sloe time
(Date Posted:14/09/2011 1:05 PM)


"Suspend in a net bag (or a string vest if you are SirC)  above a bucket or large bowl. 

After a couple of weeks or so, once it has all fermented and the liquid come away, bottle the liquid and leave to mature."

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I strained and bottled all the liquid that came out of my vest when I put it through the mangle, but after a few months of letting it ripen, the neighbours called Environmental Health who threatened me with eviction.

There's no pleasing some people.



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RE:Sloe time
(Date Posted:14/09/2011 3:57 PM)

Aagghh   just lost my whole post

How about ....potato wheat and barley or malt extract instead of the barley.

Raisin wine is good, so is rhubarb and ginger.   Probably not good for stomach though.


I'm getting thirsty


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RE:Sloe time
(Date Posted:19/09/2011 2:43 PM)


Sloes, £2 for a small punnet or 2 for £3 near me.



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Re:Sloe time
(Date Posted:13/10/2011 9:28 AM)

Hello Darroegirl

About 15 year's ago now I planted about 300 sloe gin bush's  for the Vale of York Conservation Volunteer's they are part of the British Trust for Conservation Volunteer's so now they grow all over North Yorkshire
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RE:Sloe time
(Date Posted:13/10/2011 12:53 PM)



Moving along, swiftly




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RE:Sloe time
(Date Posted:13/10/2011 1:09 PM)

Would that be the effect of the sloes?
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Re:Sloe time
(Date Posted:15/10/2011 2:28 AM)

It's been a poor year for sloes due to the dryness & they've not grown as large as previously.
We struggle to find them now we've moved to the Lincs coast as a lack of hedgerows.
We did drink our supply from two years ago whilst away on holiday last month :)
Best tip is to freeze the sloes then you don't need to prick each one as it splits the skins!!
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RE:Sloe time
(Date Posted:15/10/2011 4:32 AM)

Would love to try those chocolates.

This is the great recipe for sloe gin.

Sloe Gin Recipe

Pick your sloes from blackthorn hedges in October or November when they are most ripe - probably after the first frosts.
Take a litre bottle of gin, and drink half a litre   smiley106
Cut or prick the sloes and drop into the half-empty bottle so that they displace the remaining gin to near the top.
Add one wine goblet of sugar (approx 150g).
All you have to do now is turn or agitate the bottle daily for a week, then weekly for a month or two ... by which time it will be ready to drink (but it is really best kept until the next winter).
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Re:Sloe time
(Date Posted:16/10/2011 12:41 PM)

Hello Ditchdweller

At first I thought from your name you lived in a cannel boat.
 
Regard's blackberries we have a 60 year old hedge + this year it has produced a bummper crop from April to mid October (delicous)
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RE:Sloe time
(Date Posted:16/10/2011 9:45 PM)

Hi Bule,
Yes, I do live on a boat.  It's a houseboat on a residential mooring.

Good to hear of someone else who has had a good crop of blackberries.  I used to do a lot more hedgerow foraging than I'm able to now.


***Sloe gin update - it's a wonderful colour and is looking good,  Another month to go before bottling and tasting.
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