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mrsbean:
Saw posts from 2014, silly question. How much sugar do you use and do you put it in first or at the end. Picked sloes end of last October and in freezer. Loved the look of the kilner jars, bet they tasted fab. Could i use large pickling vinegar jars. Thanks in advance

snow white:
I have used kilner jars in the past, but I normally use an old wine bottle.  I put about a inch and a half of sugar in the bottle.  Then I fill the rest of the bottle 2/3 up to the top with sloe berries.  Then I fill with gin.  Easy peasy.  Also I have made strawberry vodka this way and raspberry vodka.  Tastes devine.

Barry C:
Tip for 'puncturing' sloes ....

Put sloes on board, use a cheese grater  :ohmy:

The 'pimply' side, roll it over the sloes pressing gently, lots of pierced sloes, used this method for a while, quicker than pricking individual fruits  ;)

mrsbean:
Thanks for replies, strawberry  vodka sounds lovely. Good tip about cheese grater. I thought  freezing sloes would do away with pricking them, so will bear grater in mind.

cc:

--- Quote from: mrsbean on March 10, 2017, 22:55 ---Thanks for replies, strawberry  vodka sounds lovely. Good tip about cheese grater. I thought  freezing sloes would do away with pricking them, so will bear grater in mind.

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Freezing Sloes does do away with pricking them as the skin breaks. I have never done it any other way. I make about 20-30 bottles every year. Look for a recipe and half the sugar content. You can always add more later.

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