We have decided to make some Sloe Gin - So off we go in the field which is next door to our bungalow, as we know there are some sloe bushes in the hedgerow and as little traffic pass by - So they should be OK to eat. or even drink in this instance.
the odd tractor - Families riding by on their horses Mums Dads and their children (why this made me smile I really dont know - young man came riding by on a beautiful Black horse - and he was using his Mobile phone )- I wanted to tell him it was against the law to use that when driving - but didn't know if he was driving or riding...Is there a difference ? Just seemed funny seeing him on the phone.
Anyway, I didnt realise sloe bushes have such sharp thorns. "Ouch Oh Ouch".We wanted a pound in weight for this recipe we found - and it takes quite a few sloes to make a pound. We did eventually find a bush that had quite a lot on it. So we gathered as .many as we could - took them home and weighed them - just under a pound, so back to the field to gather a few more. Put them with the others on the scales - exactly a pound.
Now Demijohn at the ready - Sloes washed - Sugar and 1 bottle of gin added, then Lyn tells me that the Sloes had to be pierced before they went in - and guess who got this job, yes you are right me. Now bear in mind that sloes are much the same size as peas -
So armed with a fork and a dish - I started my task. One, two, three, I gave up counting after 50. and as I pierced each one I added it to the Sugar and gin, by the time I finished I actually had cramp in my fingers.
I have never tasted Sloe Gin - but I'm hoping it will be delicious, if only for the work I did on them Sloes...Ally