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Re: Buddha's hand liqueur & Starfruit pickles

Hi Noreen,
I made Rumtopf for years long ago and forgot all about it until you brought it up. We did have a cellar at the time and I started in spring with strawberries and continued throughout the year with fruits in season, exept citrus fruits. It was always ready at Christmas, to eat with vanilla ice cream or cake, yum. Spring is coming sooner or later and when the strawberries are in season........, the trouble is, the rum has to be at least 50% alcohol, not easy to find here, whereas it was all over Vienna, where we lived at the time.
Godi zone 7
Mt. Vernon, VA

----- Original Message ----- From: <TeichFlora@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, December 28, 2005 5:02 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Buddha's hand liqueur & Starfruit pickles

Oh Jim, this sounds like something I make. It's a variation of the
traditional German Rumtopf (Rum pot) only with exotic fruits. Very
tasty......especially on ice cream or pound cake. In the traditional one adds the fruits of
the season continuously with Rum and rocksugar, to a huge pot that one has
sitting in the cellar. In Germany one can buy these pots that are made for
this. Unfortunately here there are no cellars, no pots, etc......so I make a
variation that I keep in the frig instead and add exotic fruits to it. Still
can keep it for months.
I use starfruit, kiwi, lychee, longan, pineapple, etc.

zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast

In a message dated 12/27/2005 11:02:28 PM Central Standard Time,
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

About a year ago, I put a smallish Buddha's hand citron in a pint jar
then filled the jar with 153-proof grain alcohol. I thought it was
about time to test this concoction Xmas day, so I poured a liqueur
glass [about an ounce, I guess] full, screwed up my courage, and tasted
it. Terribile!

So today--thinking the idea was good, just the results were not--I
dropped a sugar cube in an empty liqueur glass and then half-filled the
glass with the concoction, and topped it off with about as much water
as there was booze. Much better; not bad, in fact, but no triple sec.

Made a jar of my first-ever starfruit pickles today. Raw pack, hot
syrup. They're supposed to age in the fridge for a month.

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