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We have about a dozen trees in blossom and last year I gave away so many damsons to neighbours and the food bank. I'd like to try and do something with them this year but I'm not a big dessert person and as we have apple and plum trees too I'm normally sick of crumble and pies. So, what can I do when them?

rararachel
1 month ago
What do you think of this?
TheChimp
TheChimp1 month ago

Maybe a nice bit of jam?

Easy enough to do and you'll have something to put on your toast in the morning.

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rararachel
rararachel
Original Poster
1 month ago

Not really a jam eater though our neighbour has plums and damsons off us and makes jams and chutneys and does give us an odd jar.

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tumblespots
tumblespots1 month ago

When we have a surplus round here we tend to put them in bags & take them to the front gate. Write a label saying what they are and that they are free (or a small charge if you are inclined to charge) and they will disappear.... 🐞

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rararachel
rararachel
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1 month ago

I've given them away on Facebook, left them in our garden adjacent to the canal so boaters can take them and still have lots!

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gerrykelly25
gerrykelly251 month ago

Spiced Damson Cheese?

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rararachel
rararachel
Original Poster
1 month ago

Could be a good option like cranberry cheese. I'll look into this one - thankyou. Do you have a link for the recipe online?

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dawarwick
dawarwick1 month ago

Damson gin or damson vodka - make in late summer and will be ready for Christmas https://www.greatbritishchefs.com/recipes/damson-gin-recipeπŸ€ͺ

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rararachel
rararachel
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1 month ago

Oooh I very much like the idea of damson gin! This would also be great to give away as gifts too.

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Lynibis
Lynibis1 month ago

The link doesn't work, could you please check it or put a space between it and the emoji, thanks

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Lynibis
Lynibis1 month ago

Thanks lilyflower someone always comes to your rescue on here. I just happen to have half dozen kilner bottles I got in a sale a couple of years ago 50p each.

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lilyflower
lilyflower1 month ago

Lynibis Brilliant, Christmas sorted πŸ™‚

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lilyflower
lilyflower1 month ago

Freeze them, no prep needed and use in crumbles etc in winter. Damson or plum gin is beautiful and very warming πŸ™‚

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rararachel
rararachel
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1 month ago

I'm definitely going to try the gin. Would just need to get some bottles or jars to do it. Everyone is doing to get gin this Christmas!

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lilyflower
lilyflower1 month ago

rararachel We used kilner jars for the original 'mixing' in small amounts (just incase we had a bad batch) then decanted in to bottles similar to https://www.lakeland.co.uk/15584/Airtight-Swing-Top-Glass-Gifting-Bottle-250ml they also do a 500ml.

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Lynibis
Lynibis1 month ago

lilyflower lol didn't see this until after posting picture above!

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rararachel
rararachel
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1 month ago

I'm definitely doing gin! Thanks everyone I never thought of that.

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Pjran
Pjran1 month ago

I wish you were my neighbour. We love crumbles, convince myself it’s good for me as one of my five a day. I would part cook the damsons then freeze ready for crumble.

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rararachel
rararachel
Original Poster
1 month ago

I'm not a huge jam and crumble fan and with the plum, apple, pears and rhubarb we are overloaded!

Did I mention we don't like plums, pears or rhubarb either? We give most of it away and lots of it goes to waste.

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Pjran
Pjran1 month ago

rararachel I love rhubarb too but begrudge paying Β£2 for 3 sticks which really isn’t enough. You could of course box it up and send as food parcels to us in need of home grown fruit.

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lilyflower
lilyflower1 month ago

rararachel Pears = https://larderlove.com/pear-liqueur/ Rhubarb = https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/rhubarb-liqueur Plums same as Damsons then that's your Christmas presents sorted πŸ™‚

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