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Rumtopf
October 24, 2009
11:56 am
ChrisUK
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Rumtopf

 

Fruit to use: strawberries, raspberries, cherries, plums, pineapple, peaches, nectarines, grapes, pears, red currants.

 

Peel and core pineapple, cut into chunks.  Pit and stone cherries and plums, slice peaches, nectarines and pears.  Cut grapes in half.  Do not wash strawberries/raspberries add whole strip red currants off stem.

 

Wash and dry your jar. Place fruits in jar after weighing.  Cover with equal weigh of granulated sugar, allow to rest for an hour, top up just to cover with the liquor of your choice.  I use Barbadian Rum.  Place saucer, or suitable item on top to keep fruit submerged.  Cover with plastic wrap to avoid evaporation.  Cover with lid.  Build up your layers as fruit becomes available throughout the summer.  Subsequent layers should only have half the amount of sugar.  Do not mix the layers.  Top up with rum.  Keep going until your jar is full.  Seal, lid firmly on, and rest in a cool place 2-3 months…if you can resist the temptation!

 

Some fruit are not suitable…examples are…watermelon, blackberries, bananas, citrus fruits, rhubarb.

 

How you eat it is a matter of choice. As a side dish with ice cream, crème fraîche, puddings, flans, the liquor as an after dinner cordial, with Champagne as a cocktail or just sit down with a spoon and a big grin.

 

Experiment, I do, use stoned prunes, tinned peaches and pineapple.

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October 24, 2009
11:58 am
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How interesting!!  I've never heard of this!!!  My great grandfather came from Germany, and I am very surprised that this was not a recipe that was not continued……..I never remember it at my grandpa's…….hmmm, but I was young, it would have been in the backroom on a high shelf from the kids!!  I'll have to ask Dad about this one!!

Anyways, from reading different sites, we can still make this if we've saved some fruit in the freezer for later processing…….and a jar can be used…………  it may not be totally authentic, but it can be done!!

Pete, are you gonna break out the rumtoph crock and get started???

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold
October 24, 2009
12:08 pm
ChrisUK
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Cindy,I remember reading somewhere,that way back,during the days of sail.Sailors brought back exotic fruits in barrels of Rum as a methodv of preserving them,other wise they rotted.Useful for other purposes as well.When the Duke of Malmsey died in Portugal,they popped him in a barrel of Sherry and shipped him home!!!

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October 24, 2009
12:37 pm
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Guess we will HAVE to make it now, Cindy!  This crock is about 2 gallons or so in volume and looks like a great, big beer stein with blue and grey designs on it. 

Wonder if one could make the rumtopf, then can it.  Let's see – we could have some done by Christmas, then put it into jars as gifts!

(How fortuitous.  We just bought a huge jug of rum because it cost less than the smaller bottle of same.  Now we know what it can be used for!)

Anulos qui animum ostendunt omnes gestemus!
October 24, 2009
12:44 pm
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This is where I found using frozen fruit…….and also how to make it for giving as gifts…….you make each individual jars……….this is a great one to give the guys!  (girls/women are getting pampering baskets)  The women will make out, though, the guys will have to share!!  Laugh

http://www.recipegoldmine.com/foodgiftbev/rumtopf.html

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October 24, 2009
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Oh, and thanks, Chris, something else on the "must do/have to try" list!!!

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold
October 24, 2009
1:13 pm
ChrisUK
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Cindy,You are welcome my loveSnuggle

Thats as long as I dont have to share mine with youWink

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October 24, 2009
7:35 pm
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I just moved this topic over to Just Recipes so I can index it under Desserts in the Community Cookbook so we can all find these instructions later!

Clover made me do it.
October 24, 2009
7:50 pm
beeyourself
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I call this Boozy Fruit.

October 24, 2009
8:21 pm
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That's what I was thinking!  That's what spurred me to go look up the boozy fruit recipe.  I thought that was a similar concept.

Clover made me do it.
October 24, 2009
8:55 pm
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Toph said:

Having read and partially digested at least 50%  of this blog.I am most impressed with the amount

of canning and preserving you do. But I have not seen any reference to my favourite method of

preserving fruit for the winter months. I will acknowledge quite a few members are like me,

in easy reach of large retailers,fruit is available all year round, but I still make a large crock of

Rumtopf each year using all the summer fruits.Its delicious, has many uses and brightens up my

desserts during the winter months. Perhaps its the alcoholLaugh Why dont you give it a try?

You know you want tooDevil with Tail Its simplicity itself. Just Google Rumtopf. You will thank meYes

Bon Appetit

Chris


um, no, we have no problem with the alcohol here…Wink

October 24, 2009
9:18 pm
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My boozy fruit is just a trashcan, no fermenting!

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October 25, 2009
5:15 am
ChrisUK
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My kind of Gals

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October 25, 2009
9:09 am
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Hmmm.  We have a problem, Houston.  The rumtopf pot is not where it is supposed to be.  (Wonder where it was put instead of where it has been displayed for years.)  There was a recipe inside it, so was going to retreive it to compare to what we have collected here.  Add this to the increasingly long list of mysteries!

As I recall, that recipe was for the stacking then leaving it alone method that Chris has described.

Anulos qui animum ostendunt omnes gestemus!
October 25, 2009
9:40 am
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I think they moved it to Just Recipes Pete.

October 25, 2009
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Linda
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I seem to remember thay a friend of mines mother had a jar of fruit  like this on top of her frig many years back. But it seems like she called it friendship fruit . Maybe it was like the boozy fruit you have mentioned.

October 25, 2009
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Linda said:

I seem to remember thay a friend of mines mother had a jar of fruit  like this on top of her frig many years back. But it seems like she called it friendship fruit . Maybe it was like the boozy fruit you have mentioned.


That's it.  The recipe came from the Amish…and it makes a great cake.

October 26, 2009
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My mother had a Rumtopf jar we purchased in Germany…it eventually turned into a cookie jar. LOL

October 26, 2009
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Belladonna said:

My mother had a Rumtopf jar we purchased in Germany…it eventually turned into a cookie jar. LOL


Hmmm…I have a tightly sealed cookie jar that I never use for cookies.  That might be the place to hide my fruit from prying eyes (and spoons…)

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