Welcome to our plot!

I'm Hazel, and in Nov 2006 my friend Jane and I took on a half plot at Hill Allotments, Sutton Coldfield - we want the satisfaction of growing and eating our own fruit and veg, and to improve our diet (and fitness!).

This is the story of what happened next...........

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Apple Wine

When mum asked if I'd like the apples off her tree, of course I said yes - if nothing else, apple wine has got to be worth a go.

I didn't realise quite what I was letting myself in for, but humped all the bags in the car, said thank you, & went off to do some sums as to how many lots of 6lbs-of-apples-per-gallon-of-wine I have.

Quite a lot, as it happens, so I got the first batch underway tonight by chopping & simmered apples in a gallon of water in the maslin pan as per instructions, but then hit a snag in that the next step is to strain onto a couple of pounds of sugar & lemon rind - I have the sugar, but no lemon, so the whole chopped simmered apple caboodle is still in the pan waiting for the shops to open tomorrow.

Meanwhile I made a trip to the Hill in order to pick some FRENCH BEANS (triomphe de farcy & emperor of russia) & the first of the RUNNER BEANS (essex bb) & then to wield the secateurs rather more rigourously on the front of the plot.

I achieved a huge bucketful of cuttings (which I have no room for on the compost heap), loads of grumpy bees who said 'oi! I was using those flowers!' & the overall effect of a very bad haircut but at least now I could get to the bolting swiss chard to cut & bin some of that, & to gain access to the courgettes - a couple of which are rather more marrow like in appearance.

I guess that it's courgette wine, next stop?


  1. Lucky you, having all those apples - perhaps you should have a go at making a cider press!
    I was drinking Marrow and ginger wine last night and it was pretty good. Perhaps that's a way forward for your overgrown courgettes.

  2. Just a word of warning - apple wine is the worst in the world for a headache next day! Tastes marvellous though.

  3. Chuckling - is there ~anything~ you won't try to make wine from?

  4. Having had some delicious courgette chutney from the Show on Sunday with tea tonight, I might give that a go before marrow & ginger wine, Clare - although it does sound rather good, I must say!

    I'd better be careful with the apple wine, then, Flum - although you'll not be surprised that I have a fairly cast-iron head!

    I think the question is not 'what would you not make wine from', but 'what would you not make wine from again', Bilbo. Pea pod & Jerusalem Artichoke fall into the latter category, wines I think...


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