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by Galloway Gal
28 Sep 2015, 00:49
Forum: All other fruits
Topic: Watermelon Vodka / Alpine Strawberry Bacardi
Replies: 1
Views: 2266

Re: Watermelon Vodka / Alpine Strawberry Bacardi

Oooops! I forgot one other, rather intriguing, concoction from the list above. Having given Elderflower "Champagne" up as a bad job after it didn't keep a few years back, this year I have steeped some elderflowers in vodka and added sugar. It's infusing at the mo - so that's another one I'll be repo...
by Galloway Gal
28 Sep 2015, 00:41
Forum: All other fruits
Topic: Watermelon Vodka / Alpine Strawberry Bacardi
Replies: 1
Views: 2266

Watermelon Vodka / Alpine Strawberry Bacardi

I thought I'd just mention the weird mixture of fruits and booze I have macerating at the moment in case it serves as an inspiration (or a warning!) for others re: what works and what doesn't. Currently I have the following sitting around in the kitchen: Watermelon Vodka Alpine Strawberry Bacardi Rh...
by Galloway Gal
28 Sep 2015, 00:28
Forum: All other fruits
Topic: other fruits
Replies: 1
Views: 2469

Re: other fruits

I agree - bilberries (as I know them) work well. A year or two ago a friend and I went Bilberry hunting in the woods at Dalbeattie (SW Scotland). The bug*ering things were the teeniest, tiniest, fiddliest things to harvest and after hours up there we had just enough for a bottle of booze each That's...
by Galloway Gal
28 Sep 2015, 00:10
Forum: Sloe gin chocolates
Topic: Removing the stone.
Replies: 2
Views: 8945

Re: Removing the stone.

When I removed the stones from my sloes as a prelude to making my Gin-Soaked Sloe Chutney (see my other post on this) I used the cherry stoner bit of my garlic-press. It worked well altho one observation I would proffer is that it would probably only really be practical with big sloes - small ones t...
by Galloway Gal
28 Sep 2015, 00:01
Forum: Sloe jam, jelly, etc
Topic: Sloe Ketchup / sauce??
Replies: 3
Views: 5678

Re: Sloe Ketchup / sauce??

Feedback time, again folks... I recently found a very well matured bottle of this ketchup lurking way back in one of my cupboards and YEARS after I made it (see previous posts) it is STILL good - in fact I'd go so far as to say very nicely matured and just perfect for slopping over just about everyt...
by Galloway Gal
27 Sep 2015, 23:53
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Stevia instead of sugar??????
Replies: 0
Views: 6129

Stevia instead of sugar??????

I was just reading Sadie's item about trying honey, syrup, maple syrup etc in Sloe Gin (thanks Sadie!) and it occurred to me that since I last regularly posted on here (2007-2008) various versions of Stevia have hit the market. I quite like the taste of Truvia, as the slightly vanilla taste generall...
by Galloway Gal
27 Sep 2015, 23:36
Forum: Sloe jam, jelly, etc
Topic: Chutney - using gin-soaked sloes
Replies: 4
Views: 16258

Re: Chutney - using gin-soaked sloes

Better late than never (just a few years later!) here's the feedback I promised. In a word - YUM!!! My other half was so taken with the chutney that I'm still having to fend off "please make some more" pleas from him, even tho he knows that currently there aren't any sloes doing anything....a situat...
by Galloway Gal
10 Jul 2012, 18:55
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Sloe Gin flavoured with Meadowsweet anyone?
Replies: 1
Views: 2297

Sloe Gin flavoured with Meadowsweet anyone?

I was reading up on wild foods on the excellent Galloway Wild Foods website and the superlative Celtnet.org.uk website (you MUST have the uk at the end or you end up totally lost!!) and found a mention of flavouring sloe gin with Meadowsweet flowers. Logistically you either have to freeze the sloes ...
by Galloway Gal
18 Nov 2008, 17:45
Forum: Sloe jam, jelly, etc
Topic: Sloes in a Crumble - anyone tried it?
Replies: 1
Views: 6136

Sloes in a Crumble - anyone tried it?

Having just unearthed a stash of 2007 sloes in my freezer (see elsewhere on this forum), I was wondering if anybody has ever tried adding sloes to an apple crumble? The sloes I picked last year, whilst avowedly sloes and not bullaces, were so big and luscious and almost sweet, they may just as well ...
by Galloway Gal
18 Nov 2008, 17:36
Forum: Sloe jam, jelly, etc
Topic: Frozen sloes - one year old!
Replies: 1
Views: 4768

Frozen sloes - one year old!

I have just discovered a novel way of getting around the problem of having limited sloes this year - unearth sloes that you didn't know you had in the bottom of your freezer! Seriously tho', as you may have picked up from my exploits with Lavender in my sloe gin and my Sloe Sauce exploits elsewhere ...
by Galloway Gal
05 Oct 2008, 11:44
Forum: All other fruits
Topic: Elberberry gin - would cooking them first be good?
Replies: 4
Views: 4388

Elberberry gin - would cooking them first be good?

Having just worked my way through the string hanging off the posting about Elderberries, I note that using raw elderberries to flavour gin doesn't seem to work. Yes, it comes out with a good colour but it doesn't seem to taste very nice. This makes me think about all the other sites I have been to r...
by Galloway Gal
05 Oct 2008, 11:14
Forum: All other fruits
Topic: OMG what now for Xmas??
Replies: 1
Views: 2875

Re: OMG what now for Xmas??

Since I freeze my sloes before making my sloe gin anyway, I can't see any problem with using frozen fruit, other than the fact that if the freezing breaks the fruit down too much (sloes are bullet-proof after all!) it MIGHT make the result a bit cloudy, but, hey, you can always filter that out. I'm ...
by Galloway Gal
05 Oct 2008, 10:59
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Added Lavender in 2007 - what to add in 2008?
Replies: 6
Views: 2844

Re: Added Lavender in 2007 - what to add in 2008?

Sloecrow, The string that hangs off my Lavender posting describes what I did last year, I think (why didn't I check before starting typing this?!) but basically I shoved a couple of heads of very ancient (eight years old) Lavender into a demi-john along with a couple of broken up cinnnamon sticks, a...
by Galloway Gal
04 Oct 2008, 11:14
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Added Lavender in 2007 - what to add in 2008?
Replies: 6
Views: 2844

Added Lavender in 2007 - what to add in 2008?

I'm after picking people's brains to see what experience people have of adding different botanical and fruity flavours to the gins they have made. Last year I added some Lavender and some aromatic spices to my sloe gin (there's a post on here somewhere about it) and I have to say that the results we...
by Galloway Gal
04 Oct 2008, 10:55
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: First Frosts Today!
Replies: 1
Views: 1142

Re: First Frosts Today!

It got down to 2 degrees above freezing here on Thursday night and given that we are up in the Galloway Hills in Scotland I was rather hoping that we were ahead of the field and that I could go a-gathering soon - but clearly not. As a relocated Essex Girl (my parents still live about 6 miles outside...