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July 07, 2004

More Strawberries!

I thought the strawberry season had already ended in Kyiv. Perhaps due to the mild spring and summer, it's been extended. Today I bought another 7 kilos of strawberries (and at the best price I've seen all year!) I began a batch of conserves, made another batch of jam, cleaned some for dessert tomorrow night, and started a jar of Rumtopf. This looks like a great recipe for incorporating a whole summer's worth of fruits!

Rumtopf

A traditional German treat.

Ingredients:
2 lbs. fruit, such as strawberries, blackberries, black currants, red currants, peaches, apricots, cherries and plums. Avoid apples and blueberries.
1 cups sugar
4 cups white rum

1. Prepare fruit: remove stems, skins, cores and stones. Cut larger fruit into bitesize pieces. Combine fruit and sugar in large, non-metalic bowl. Cover and leave to stand for 30-60 minutes.
2. Spoon the fruit and juices into a sterilized 5 pint preserving or earthenware jar and pour in the white rum to cover.
3. Cover the jar with clear film. Seal and store in a cool, dark place.
4. As space allows and as different fruits come into season, add more fruit, sugar, and rum in the appropriate proportions, as described above.
5. When the jar is full, store in a cool, dark place for two months. Serve the fruit spooned over ice cream or other desserts, and enjoy the rum in glasses as a liqueur. Traditionally a part of Christmas celebrations.


Modified from this great book that I've borrowed from a friend--but I really want my own!


Update: To the rum and strawberries, I've now added cherries and red currants.

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Huh, I got the notion to do strawberry jam! Must be something in the blogosphere. :)

Posted by: Kim at July 8, 2004 04:46 AM

We eat strawberries by the pound in yogurt parfaits at breakfast. But cherries have just come into season over here and they are excellent this season.

Posted by: Eric at July 8, 2004 07:42 PM

Yumm! Where are the cherries from, Eric? Being completely honest, I've never had cherries in the US as wonderful as the ones here. And you can buy sweet ones, tart ones, specify with-worm or without. (Some claim the with-worm ones are better--the worms know! And don't have pesticides. . . I prefer without, though I'm in the habit of checking now, and flicking them away if it does have a worm. . .)

So, Kim--did you make any?

We ended up using the remaining strawberries tonight served in meringue cups.

Posted by: TulipGirl at July 8, 2004 08:44 PM

sounds good, but I think maybe I'll wait a year or so ;)

Posted by: dawn at July 9, 2004 06:01 PM

*L* Yep, Dawn! I had the realization the other day that I could ride a rollercoaster--for such a long time they were out-of-bounds for the preggers me. . .

Posted by: TulipGirl at July 9, 2004 06:24 PM

I sure did. Have a look.

We've got blackberries ripening in the yard. I may be doing this yet again! ((hug))

Posted by: Kim at July 9, 2004 07:41 PM

Yep, we're into the strawberries here in Sweden also. They are a "must have" for Midsummer, when you need them for your dessert along with some fresh cream! Yum, yum, strawberry heaven. Happy Summer!

Posted by: Marla at July 9, 2004 07:48 PM

To be honest, I'm not sure where our cherries are coming from. I suspect from somewhere in the northwest, although it's getting to be cherry season in New Mexico as well.

I'll have to defer to your cherry expertise. It's so rare to have them in Texas that our standards are probably pretty low!

Now, cantaloupe, on the other hand...we *know* that!

Posted by: Eric at July 9, 2004 10:32 PM

Ah, yep! Y'all sure do know cantalope. . .

Btw, I tried one of the rumberries tonight when adding some cherries. Wowzers--it sure did pack a punch!

Posted by: TulipGirl at July 9, 2004 11:36 PM

I started my runtopf with pears and they have turned brown. Should I throw them away and start the process over again? This is my first try. HELP!

Wanda

Posted by: wanda at July 31, 2007 06:31 PM

Thank you for sharing this! My husband family is half German and mine is about an 1/8th German, but we don't have many traditionally German recipes. This sounds like one to try this summer with some of the fresh fruit that we buy locally! :-)

Posted by: Karen at January 10, 2008 01:13 PM

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