Lottie Lin

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Slightly off topic but preserving fruit

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 14:21

I'm a wine-making newbie.  I would say if you're thinking about trying it then go for it.  I was given a great (simple) book for Christmas 2011 and found a local shop which sells all the "equipment" (you don't need much), some of it second-hand and none of it as expensive as I expected. Inspired by the book, I've made all sorts over the last year or so, but have only tasted a couple of them so far.   Damson was boring (like pop but maybe it'll improve with age), apple was better, but my rose petal wine has turned out lovely!  One of the batches of pumpkin went fizzy accidentally, so I'm leaving it in the jar to see whether it settles down.... Have also made nettle, peapod, lemon balm, parsley, sage, runner bean, various pumpkin combinations, blackcurrant, rhubarb, raspberry and medlar.

Having got a bit carried away over the last few months (ok, I needed the freezer space), I've now got 6 demijohns still clearing, so might have to give it a break until I can bottle up some more.  Haven't tried gooseberry yet, but will do this year hopefully.  I think it's great fun - I make my own labels and enjoy the bottling process - and it's a good way to use up allotment gluts and anything that's in season.  Just hoping most of it will be drinkable........

saffron crocus failing?

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 13:31

Planted mine about 2 or 3 years ago on the allotment.  Have only ever had one flower.

Thinking of digging them up and putting them in a big pot instead...

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