What the heck was I going to do with these? My considerations:
- I did not feel like peeling and pitting a metric butt ton of teeny tiny plums.
- I doubted that the food mill could handle the pits.
- I'm completely out of half-pint jars for jam or chutney, and don't want to buy more.
- I doubt that we would eat plum jam.
- The last time I canned plum sauce, we had more than we could ever eat and wound up throwing it away.
- Free fruit is a perfect candidate for bartering. BUT canned fruits and jams tend not to do well at our barters. The most successful barter items are unique.
- It would be nice to start putting things aside for Christmas gifts, especially since I only have 2 more paychecks until The Big Day.
Slivowhowhatnow? Slivovitz? What the heck is that? Turns out it's plum liquor, common in Central and Eastern Europe. Sometimes it's made by fermenting plums and then distilling the juice. Short of having a still, however, it seems more common that people simply infuse vodka with plums.
Pretty much all of the recipes went along the lines of "put plums and sugar into alcohol". I used my antique half-gallon jar that probably belonged to my great-grandmother (or even her mother), and 2 quart jars.
|"Atlas Mason's Patent Nov 30 1858" I gave my grandma the Danish horse after I went there in 2006. Her grandparents were Danes and it was something of which she was always very proud.|
Into a half-gallon jar, place:
2 pounds plums, pierced with a knife 3-4 times
2 cups sugar
1 cinnamon stick
2 slivers of lemon peel (I didn't have any, so omitted this)
2 cups vodka
1/2 cup brandy
Shake to remove air bubbles. Shake the jars every 2-3 weeks, or as you remember (do this near a sink where you can rinse off the jar - it will leak and be sticky). The sugar will dissolve in about 2 weeks. Store in a cool dark place for 3 months. Filter out the solids after 2-3 months and enjoy straight from the freezer.
|I'm going to pretend that slivovitz and tequila have a common ingredient.|
|I have curtains on my canning cupboards. Gotta protect the delicate complexions of all my goods!|
Look at the color change from Friday...
Wonder what it will look like in another 3 months?
p.s. Thanks for the mention, Marisa. :) You never know who's reading your posts.