It's nearly blackberry time!

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It's nearly blackberry time!

Postby chillicamper » Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:24 am

Nope - none of that electrickery mobile phone stuff with too many buttons ;)

You know the old fashioned word.....blackberry.....fruit......thorns in your fingers :lol:

I've noticed the first few ripening in the hedgerows. Soon be time to go out with the kids and mooch along some hedgerows picking them.

If you want a use for the blackberries, but don't want to cook them or brew up a wine, make some blackberry vodka. Its like sloe gin......only with blackberries......and....errrr .... vodka :lol:

3/4 fill up a bottle with blackberries - for every inch of blackberries give a really good sprinkling of sugar. The fill the bottle with vodka - leave the vodka just below the neck of the bottle. This way, you can turn and shake the bottle every week and add another spoonful of sugar. After 2-3 months you strain it off and have a great blackberry vodka liqueur.

You can also make a great alcoholic apple & blackberry crumble with the brackberries - co nothing wasted...mmmmmmmmm :drool: :D
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Re: It's nearly blackberry time!

Postby Tonyblack » Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:23 am

There are lots of them ripening in the cemetery across from where I live. Zombie fruit. :mrgreen:
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Re: It's nearly blackberry time!

Postby ChristianBecker » Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:25 am

Well, you could've said "rubus fruticosus" to avoid confusion.
Anyway, delicious fruit. :D
I'm sure my father will pick some (and then some more) and make some nice things from them.
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Re: It's nearly blackberry time!

Postby Penfold » Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:10 am

chillicamper wrote:Nope - none of that electrickery mobile phone stuff with too many buttons ;)

You know the old fashioned word.....blackberry.....fruit......thorns in your fingers :lol: ......

Sorry but I couldn't resist posting this;



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Re: It's nearly blackberry time!

Postby Catch-up » Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:21 am

Mmmm. Love blackberries.
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Re: It's nearly blackberry time!

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:28 am

Me too. :mrgreen:
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Re: It's nearly blackberry time!

Postby raisindot » Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:33 pm

chillicamper wrote:3/4 fill up a bottle with blackberries - for every inch of blackberries give a really good sprinkling of sugar. The fill the bottle with vodka - leave the vodka just below the neck of the bottle. This way, you can turn and shake the bottle every week and add another spoonful of sugar. After 2-3 months you strain it off and have a great blackberry vodka liqueur.


Ohhhhhh, mannnnn....this sounds awesome. Gotta go sneak into someone's yard and steal me some blackberries.
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Re: It's nearly blackberry time!

Postby chillicamper » Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:24 pm

raisindot wrote:
chillicamper wrote:3/4 fill up a bottle with blackberries - for every inch of blackberries give a really good sprinkling of sugar. The fill the bottle with vodka - leave the vodka just below the neck of the bottle. This way, you can turn and shake the bottle every week and add another spoonful of sugar. After 2-3 months you strain it off and have a great blackberry vodka liqueur.


Ohhhhhh, mannnnn....this sounds awesome. Gotta go sneak into someone's yard and steal me some blackberries.


You can use frozen ones from the shop, but it's always better to get something for free :D And yes it's sooooooo good.

It's also really nice poured over vanilla ice cream :drool: :drool: :D :D
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Re: It's nearly blackberry time!

Postby Catch-up » Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:28 pm

Wow, that sounds yummy. Not really a big vodka fan though.
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Re: It's nearly blackberry time!

Postby chillicamper » Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:34 pm

Catch-up wrote:Wow, that sounds yummy. Not really a big vodka fan though.


You don't taste the vodka that much......it's a much sweeter fruit liqueur. I like vodka, but this does taste totally different. Warming, sweet and fruity. The perfect winter drink for a hip flask.
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Re: It's nearly blackberry time!

Postby janet » Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:08 pm

Tip one....pick the blackberries when it's warm and dry as anything made with damp fruit won't keep so well...mind, the alcohol should take care of the preservation issues. Best not to wash the fruit for the same reason....just give it a good looking at and pick/brush off anything that shouldn't be there.
Tip two.....the alcoholic fruit is wonderful on icecream or in desserts like crumbles, cakes etc.
Tip three....this also works beautifully with raspberries and I'd love to try it with blackcurrants....mmmm :D
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Re: It's nearly blackberry time!

Postby Conforumist » Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:44 pm

i had some last Friday while walking the dog and a few on the weekend. There are black' and raspberries in the back yard. :)
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Re: It's nearly blackberry time!

Postby BobtheDrog » Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:59 pm

will have to try the blackberry vodka, I usually make a couple of bottles of raspberry a year. Have some blueberry in the works at the moment. Planning to mix up a batch of mango/pineapple rum.
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Re: It's nearly blackberry time!

Postby ChristianBecker » Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:36 am

janet wrote: I'd love to try it with blackcurrants....mmmm :D

Do. It's really delicious.
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Re: It's nearly blackberry time!

Postby Bouncy Castle » Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:38 am

BobtheDrog wrote:will have to try the blackberry vodka, I usually make a couple of bottles of raspberry a year. Have some blueberry in the works at the moment. Planning to mix up a batch of mango/pineapple rum.


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