Originally Posted by faye
normaly sloe gin but Sloe vodka is even better than sloe gin (but stronger so not for drinking neat whilst riding).
I went sloe picking last weekend. Got 6.5lb of sloes (some as big as grapes) and we are thinking we will make at least some slow gin and vodka.
If you plan on using the sloes the best way to get the juice out is to freeze them before you try making the sloe gin.
The slow formation of ice crystals within the cells of the sloes damages the structural integrity of the berries releaseing far more juice once defrosted. Also you need to prick all the berries before putting them in the gin (Just brake the skin with your nail)
Yes, the sloe experts have told me to freeze them
This year there seems to be a shortage in some areas, my saddler had to use some he found in his freezer as the hedges were bare.
I picked 3 lbs in about half an hour, there is a creeping blackthorn hedge in the field.