I've been a bit busy making this weekend. When we came back from our holidays, I picked 10lb of sloes/damson. Since we came home, they have been for a trip to Grans to be identified as damsons, they then returned home and sat on the worktop in carrier bags for a week or so until I had collected enough jars to put them in...and I had researched damson gin enough to know what I was supposed to be doing.
910 on Thursday morning saw me at Aldi buying gin. As I walked in, I realised how desperate this looked so in an attempt to look like a more upstanding member of the community and less like the (rest) of the alcies that were in there buying cheap booze, I did a bit of food shopping too ;)
Here is a bottle of my fruity gin. I'm still a bit dubious but it is turning a funky colour at the moment. Apparently I have to shake it every few days to mix all of the sugar into it. A bit tricky since the only place away from children I could find to store it was in the back of the food cupboard so before I can get my 5 jars/flasks/bottles out I have to empty the cupboard. I can hardly be bothered to empty the cupboard so I am hoping J and L will think the same and the gin will be safe.
I also made some jam. I've had a bit of a disaster with the damson jam as it hasn't set very well but the damson and marrow is fine and both taste great so I might call it damson syrup and give it to people for Christmas....