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Compote or Rakia…that is the question!

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There are heaps of fruit and vegetables all over the house! My dad and my granddad just keep on bringing bagfuls in every day! They’ve both worked since the spring and the allotment is paying back their hard labor well. Tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, courgettes…we are struggling to cook and eat them all! It’s coming to a point most have to be preserved for the winter.

Today they came back with a load of just picked plums. Lovely, sweet, tangy little things. “Perfect for Rakia!” my dad says, looking down at them… “No way, step away from the plums! You have acre’s of grapes ripening, make your Rakia from them!” I shout while inching the heavy bucket away with both hands…”I’m making a compote outa these!”

Plums

Rakia – a high volume alcohol drink –  is traditionally made by almost every household in Bulgaria and my family is no different. Grapes are the usual suspect, but any other fleshy fruit – like plums, peaches, apricots, apples etc can be used. As long as you have sugar, you can ferment anything and turn it into alcohol. From the allotment, we produce about 100 liters grape Rakia every autumn. It gets drunk to the last drop by the end of Summer, so the new batch is very impatiently awaited! Looks like they’ve been bad this year and drunk the lot sooner, if my plums are looking so tempting….

Finding a quiet corner for myself, compote production begins by washing the plums in cold water and letting them soak for a few minutes.

Plums

Then a couple of handfuls fill each readily washed and prepared jar. There’s no need fro prior sterilizing as a quick boil at the end takes care of preserving.

Plum compote

My daughter insist on helping…

Plum compoteBut is in reality more interesting in eating the plums :-) Eating plums

Half a cup of caster sugar goes in each jar

Plum compote

And to finish – cold water to just bellow the brink.

Plum compote

A lid goes on every jar

Plum compote

And now I wait on a strong helping hand to seal them tight…

Plum compote

What find is even better – a trio of helpers! Come on grandpa!!

Plum compote

After such great involvement, all there’s left to do is put the closed jars in a large pot full of water and bring to boil

Plum compote

Out of the water 5 minutes later, bum up! Now we all have to patiently wait for at least 24 hrs to start eating them :-)

Plum compote

Preserved like that, the compote will last up to 3 years (but will most likely be eaten withing 3 weeks, so let’s not worry about that, shall we…;-) )

Piccalilli next, fortunately no one wants to make Rakia out of courgettes and cauliflower! Hah..

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