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Damson Gin time

by andy1234 published on

It's that time of year again when let's think what we can do with Damsons:

Damson Gin (easy to make - great in hip flask)

Damson Vodka (easy to make - great on ice)

Damson Jam (nightmare for potential tooth cracking!)

Wondered whether there's an easier way of removing stones?

Just noticed in Shropshire star a new veg swap scheme where you can swap your harvest - must look into!

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Hello andy hello Dizzy The Georgee way Dump the lot of the fruit in the freezer over night.In the morning put a eighth of an inch of water in the maslin and add the more or less defrosted fruit to the pan (The water just stops the damsons sticking to the pan bottom Dont forget If you add a pint of water you have got to boil it out again plus much of what is in the fruit so use as little as you can get away with.)Get the fruit well boiling keep stirring they scortch ever so easy and the skin and nuts?cobs? will come to the top turn the heat down a bit and you can Skim them off carefully turn up the heat again and repeat until there are no cobs left Now be carefull hot fruit burns pour the fruit mixture through a colander into another pan stir the contents of the colander its surprizing how much debris is in the colander Discard the colander contents.put all the mix back into the maslin and make your favorite damson jam recipe No bits.When there is loads of damsons go mad boil it all up but instead of putting it through a colander put it in a jelly bag and let it drip 24hrs This is the best still treat the drip as jam but its a wonderfull deep red jelly (IF YOU RESIST SQUEEZING THE BAG) Get a fruit dish a 6penny icecream dollop in the bottom and a generous blob of jelly on top WoW Georgee

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I made damson wine the other day, couldn't be bothered to remove the stones so I soaked them in hot water for 24 hours and found that they'd gone soft and when you squeeze them the stones just pop out :)

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