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by Muskrat on March 11, 2004 08:57 PM
This year I tried something they call Rumtopf here...which loosely translates to rum pot. It is an amazing liqueur which people make at home. You start it in the springtime by fermenting strawberries...and as each fresh fruit comes along through the spring into summer you add some more sugar and the new fruit of the season, ending with plums. Then you let it sit until Christmastime...
Then you have a very, very jolly Christmas!
It is by far the most wonderful drink I have ever had. (not that I have a lot of experience) [Roll Eyes]
~Amie
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Here is a recipe:
Basic Rum Pot Recipe (Rumtopf)
Makes 2 Gallons
3 cups strawberries
2 cups (about) each fresh fruits as they come in season:
Prepared Gooseberres
Cherries
Red currants
Black currants
Raspberries
Apricots
Peaches
Plums
Pears
10 cups sugar (approximately)
2 qt amber rum (approx)
Traditionally, this rum pot is begun in early summer, place in a
cool dark cellar, and new layers of fruit are added as they come
in season. The fruit is ready to use by the beginning of Advent
(December)
As the rum-pot, you can use a 1 - 2 gallon crock with a lid. All
of the fruit should be ripe, but not over ripe. Pick over the
fruit, remove any damaged parts and pit or core it before measuring.
Cut larger fruits such as peaches into smaller chunks.
Sprinkle the strawberries with 1 1/2 cup sugar. cover and let
stand 30 minutes. Place the sugared strawberries in the rum pot
and pour in enough rum to cover the fruit by about 2 finger widths.
Cover the pot with plastic wrap, and put on the lid. Place in a
cool room, and stir the fruit gently every two or three days.
Starting with the gooseberries, or as the fruits ripen, add the
remaining fruits in layers; mix 1 cup of fruit with 1/2 cup of
sugar before adding it to the pot, and each time add enough rum to
cover the fruit by 2 finger widths.
After the first two weeks, you will need only shake or stir the
pot every two weeks. But you must always make sure that the top
layer of fruit is covered by two finger widths of rum. At the end
of October or the beginning of November, add another cup of rum to
the pot. By the beginning of December, the fruit will be ready to
eat.
by Jillie on March 13, 2004 05:55 PM
Muskrat, that sounds WONDERFUL!!! [thumb] [thumb]

Should one peel the fruit???(apricots, peaches, etc.)

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by Muskrat on March 14, 2004 09:01 PM
Hmmm...I dunno about peeling the peaches....I guess it would look better if they were peeled. I don't THINK it makes a big difference....but I can find out.

~Amie
by Fayrith on March 20, 2004 12:32 PM
Ooooh for a cool cellar! This sounds really neat. I wonder if I could dig a root cellar somehow out in the backyard while I'm landscaping it?! Anyone ever heard of that being done? Hmmmmm...... [Wink]

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by weezie13 on March 20, 2004 10:11 PM
I would [Cool] LOVE [Love] a root cellar!!!
Someday!!!
Eliot Coleman and Barbara Damarosh grow alot of
crops for those!!!
Weezie

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
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by Muskrat on March 21, 2004 09:51 PM
I bought a 2 liter jar at IKEA last weekend for the purpose of trying out this Rumtopf! I don't want such a big recipe for starters. I imagine two liters will be enough for a start (1/4 the recipe). I can hardly wait! Strawberries are out now...soooo I guess I better go buy some rum!
I was going to just store the jar in the closet, it tends to stay pretty cool there...until it gets really hot in summer, at which time I will probably put it in the basement.
So...I will let you all know how it is in December! [wayey]

~Amie
by Fayrith on March 22, 2004 01:01 PM
Hmmmmmmmmm........

Root cellars, root cellars, how to create a root cellar......

I wonder...

There's a small slanted piece of wood that covers what I think is an entrance to the crawl space under the house....

wonder if that could be dug out some more to be big enough to put a jug of Rumtopf in, lol?! Wonder if it would stay cool there?

I could stick a thermometer in there and start monitoring the temp as it gets warmer. If it seems to be staying cool, I could dig it out a little bigger I bet! [Roll Eyes] [lala]

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In ancient days, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.
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by Muskrat on March 22, 2004 09:09 PM
ROOT CELLAR INFO!

Well...if we had a yard...we would be digging!

root cellar info

Check it out!

Sounds like a big project...but it would certainly be useful!
[thumb]
Amie

by Fayrith on March 25, 2004 06:17 PM
Amie,

What a neat site! Thank you! [kissies]

I was questioning my hubby about the crawl space, but he doesn't want me "messing" with it, heh! However in telling me that, he added that I could go dig a hole in the yard somewhere, instead!!! Now you are all my witnesses, hee hee!!!

Wonder how big a hole I could get dug before it dawns on him what I'm doing???!!! LOL!!! [Big Grin] [angel] [devil] [Big Grin]

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Jeanie with the light white hair

In ancient days, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.
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Sometimes the Dragon wins.
by Fayrith on March 26, 2004 02:42 PM
I've been thinking of ways to make a mini root cellar hole that could accomodate one of those ice chest/cooler thingies you take on picnics. That might be big enough to do a jug of Rumtopf in and would give me some experience to help me decide if I'd like to do a bigger real root cellar that would actually hold tubs or boxes of fruits and veggies.

It would also give me time to find out if I can even grow enough veggies to need a root cellar for, heh! I know it's gonna be at least a couple years or so before I could get any dwarf fruit trees producing enough fruit!

I've got my son interested in figuring out how a small experimental hole for a cooler might be designed. So it will be fun to see what we come up with! [grin]

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Jeanie with the light white hair

In ancient days, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.
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