Should I prick Sloes, should I pick sloes after the first frost? – How to make the perfect sloe gin

Andy Hamilton

Brewer, forager, broadcaster, spaceman occasional liar

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  1. Lizzie Baker says:

    Don’t go tellin’ my faaaaamly they don’t need to prick sloes. It all depends on what you want from the procedure. Yes I could just shove ’em in the freezer for a bit, but then we wouldn’t have the “faaaaaamly fun for all the faaaaaamly” of congregating in the kitchen: bottling last year’s sloe gin to free up the jars I need for this year’s sloe gin; sampling same whilst happily chatting about all and sundry so that the sloe pricking goes faster and isn’t done by one lonely soul. I didn’t start making sloe gin until my kids were already adults, so of course they’ve been off to uni, round the world and back (well not quite but you get the drift) and are now off with their partners making their own lives. These days I gather who I can at the time for something that’s become a little bit of a tradition. A Mum seems to get to hear so much more when the chat’s accompanied by a bit of a mindless activity. And a tot of last year’s sloe gin certainly helps both along.

    • Andy Hamilton says:

      Perhaps I could outsource my mindless activities, I can have you all de-stoning cherries and plums, coring and peeling apples and processing acorns for flour 😉 Nice story lizzie, sounds like you make it quite an event!

  2. Lizzie Baker says:

    Ha-ha. Now, I must consider the going rate for said mindless activities…

  3. ashfish47 says:

    Think the idea of freezing sloes is a great one, but I still think they should be left on the bushes for a bit longer to swell in the autumn rain. They won’t be picked off here by eager sloe pickers – there are plenty of bushes and not many people actually do anything with these free harvests. I like the idea of having more time but I think I’d like to work for world PEACE not world piece – although a piece of the world is quite nice, especially if it has sloes in!!!!

  4. Lush says:

    Dilute the gin with water? Never!

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