My friend gave me a huge bag of apricots and I decided as we weren't going to be able to consume them before they went off that I would make some Apricot Rum preserve. I have a lot of Kilner jars that are the perfect container for storing the fruit once it's been processed but old Jam jars are just as good.
I needed to do something with the masses of damsons I was able to harvest from my tree this year so my friend suggested I make Damson Vodka.
I used Karen Burniston's Katie labels and just punched a hole for the string then tied the label to the jar.
To make the preserves you will need
4lbs of fruit
2lbs of sugar
1 litre of vodka/gin - cheap is fine
I halved and stoned the fruit before putting it in a large cooking pot with the alcohol, I then simmered it for 10 minutes before transferring it heat sterilised Kilner jars.
The damson vodka is perfect served with lemonade and ice. Hic...