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by Goonberry
22 Aug 2017, 17:24
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Ripe already here in Essex!
Replies: 5
Views: 334

Re: Ripe already here in Essex!

Yep, definitely very early. I did however today find some Blackthorn bushes holding fruit that was just on the turn, and still slightly green. Then probably less than ten metres further along the same hedgerow the Sloes were ripe and dropping on the floor with not a green one in sight. Very odd? I d...
by Goonberry
22 Aug 2017, 01:17
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Ripe already here in Essex!
Replies: 5
Views: 334

Ripe already here in Essex!

I went out today for a look at my local Blackthorn hedgerows & to my surprise the Sloes are already ripe & ready for picking. Some have even fallen to the ground too! Bumper crop this year, and this is by far the earliest I've ever seen them ripen. These particular hedgerows are facing south and are...
by Goonberry
04 Sep 2012, 19:30
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Not looking like a good harvest this year
Replies: 63
Views: 27137

Re: Not looking like a good harvest this year

Very thin crop in my usual locations this year & the few Sloes to be seen are not ripe enough to pick. Blackberries are also poor this year & very very small. Glad I've still got a few lbs of Sloes in the freezer from 2011. I have made a brew with 3 year old frozen Sloes before and the results were ...
by Goonberry
11 Sep 2011, 12:47
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Sloes
Replies: 8
Views: 3831

Re: Sloes

I leave my sloes in the jars for 3 months, I also slit the sloes with a knife rather than prick them as I believe that more juice can flow from a slit rather than a pinhole.

Hope this helps?


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by Goonberry
31 Aug 2011, 20:12
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Sloes
Replies: 8
Views: 3831

Re: Sloes

I picked 13lbs today, just outside Colchester (Essex) and I am happy to report that the sloes here are fully ripe now and certainly the best crop I have ever seen! The fruits were fully purple and soft to touch, with many having already fallen to the ground! I also saw a couple of other people picki...
by Goonberry
31 Aug 2011, 19:55
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: When to Pick Sloes?
Replies: 35
Views: 61360

Re: When to Pick Sloes?

Sadly the Blackthorn bushes which I traditionally gather from have recently had an encounter with farmer Giles & his hedge flail mower. This was quite upsetting to see as I have been picking from these bushes for several years and to not have any sloes from them this year just wont be the same. It p...
by Goonberry
06 Oct 2010, 19:19
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Frozen sloes, thaw 1st or use straight from the freezer?
Replies: 3
Views: 2103

Re: Frozen sloes, thaw 1st or use straight from the freezer?

You can prick or slit them when they are still frozen & pop them into the jar as you go, then top them up with the sugar & gin. You will get a bit of condensation on the outside of the jar at first but this soon disperses as the sloes & the gin reach room temperature.


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by Goonberry
01 Oct 2010, 16:05
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Kilner Jar problems?
Replies: 16
Views: 16136

Re: Kilner Jar problems?

Hi,

I use the 2 litre 'Le Parfait' jars which are of a similair design. They are 100% leakproof & I have never had any probs with them.

Goonberry
by Goonberry
24 Sep 2010, 23:42
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: What sort of gin?
Replies: 11
Views: 3719

Re: What sort of gin?

I also use Tesco gin, but the next one up from the value which they do in 1 litre bottles. I also add half a cinammon stick to the gin & also half a split & finely chopped vanilla pod. Just tried some of my 2007 sloe gin of the same recipe & it gives off a real warm heat as it goes down. Something l...
by Goonberry
21 Sep 2010, 13:11
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Don't prick frozen sloes ....
Replies: 17
Views: 15789

Re: Don't prick frozen sloes ....

Traditionally the sloes are to be pricked with a thorn from the Blackthorn bush, but its easy to see that not much juice will come out of one tiny little hole though. I just get each frozen sloe & gently roll it along a small serrated steak knife to get a good slit in it. The bigger the slit means t...
by Goonberry
17 Sep 2010, 20:04
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Don't prick frozen sloes ....
Replies: 17
Views: 15789

Re: Don't prick frozen sloes ....

The idea is that as the sloes freeze the juice inside them will expand (like water does) & then split the skin, which will in turn release the juices & save you the job of pricking each sloe. I have yet to see this happen to any of my frozen sloes, so I slit them with a serated knife as I put them i...
by Goonberry
16 Sep 2010, 16:51
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Oh No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 4557

Re: Oh No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thats a real shame, what a waste of Sloes. The farmers can flail hedges now with no fear of being punished. They are not supposed to cut hedges between March & September due to regulations within The Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 which are put in place to protect nesting birds. Destroying wild bir...
by Goonberry
11 Sep 2010, 23:44
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: When to Pick Sloes?
Replies: 35
Views: 61360

Re: When to Pick Sloes?

I've been out for a walk today & the blackthorn bushes which are in the sun all day are heaving with ripe sloes. These squish between the fingers when you touch them, they are not hard & some have even started to shrivel up! Someone has already picked from these bushes so I'm going back tomorrow to ...
by Goonberry
14 Sep 2009, 20:01
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: Sloe Gin and cinnamon
Replies: 5
Views: 4955

Re: Sloe Gin and cinnamon

I always add half a Cinammon stick & half a split & chopped Vanilla pod to every pint of Sloe Gin which I make. Tastes lovely,and for me it wouldn't be the same without it. It gives it an extra bit of flavour & warmth for those cold winter nights in front of the fire1 Must always be a Cinammon stick...
by Goonberry
09 Sep 2009, 23:40
Forum: Sloe gin recipes
Topic: small bottles for gifts?
Replies: 4
Views: 4686

Re: small bottles for gifts?

These are good 500ml bottles... http://www.cookability.biz/eddingtons-sloe-gin-bottle/b_500.htm. They used to stock a 200ml bottle too, but I guess these have now all sold out? Lakeland also sell Sloe Gin bottles too, but again these are the 500ml size...http://www.lakeland.co.uk/preserving-bottles/...