Damsons Again

Wednesday, 27 August 2014




What can I say? I love damson chutney and I love damson gin. I love the annual ritual of making both. Sometimes I make damson jam and damson jelly as well, sometimes I stew them and purée them for the freezer, but chutney and gin are non-negotiable. Come back this time next year and I'm pretty sure I'll be posting the same picture of my chutney and the same picture of my big jar of damsons, sugar and gin.

For even more of the same click on the 'damsons' label at the bottom of this post.



28 comments:

  1. I noticed with interest that your posts alternate between late August and early September and this year it is late August again in the cycle. xx

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    1. Yes, I noticed that too, should we assume next year I will be making chutney in early September?

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  2. They are also very photogenic- rich and sumptuous loooking. Ax

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  3. After soaking in gin until Christmas, we then tip the damsons into a kilner jar of sherry for another month, for a rich and velvety aperitif. I find just a shot glassful is enough to lift the spirits if need be.

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    1. Wow, I have to try that Niki. Any particular sherry?

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    2. No nothing special Sue. Worth a go and better than just throwing those gorgeous sozzled damsons. Delicious.

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    3. PS. We used medium dry last year x

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  4. Hi Sue, I recently discovered a jar of damson vodka that I had filled at least two years ago but had not strained. Do You think that it would be drinkable? The sherry idea sounds delicious Niki.
    Shauna.x

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    1. I should think so Shauna, in fact it may well be superior to my fast-track three months stuff.

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  5. Thanks Sue. One for a chilly autumnal evening methinks!
    S.

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  6. There's something rather comforting about the thought that you will be back making damson chutney in 2015. Promise you won't just Instagram it?

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  7. I'm doing something similar with all our plums. Apples next.

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  8. Using your recipe for damson jelly Sue I tried my hand at this jam/jelly making malarkey for the very first time. My dad pronounced the end results to be top notch so thanks :)

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    1. Great news Bitsy, damsons make lovely jelly.

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  9. I love these comforting seasonal rituals. Quinces soon.

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    1. Yes but not many this year.

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  10. Your damson recipe is my favourite - a yearly August/September ritual. Another ritual is to read your blog with my (late) breakfast and then check on your favourite blogs - no more! Or have I missed them in their new location??

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    1. I've taken it down for renovation. Many of them were no longer being updated. Bloglovin is a good way of keeping up to date with your favourite blogs.

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    2. I'll look forward to your new selection - it is irritating when latest entries are months/years old...Thanks for the tip about Bloglovin - I'll explore it today. And today I'll be picking damsons!

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  11. Sue, what a delicious reminder of the season's changing you've given us. Aren't damsons a lovely color?

    Now you've got me wondering if and when I will ever, ever make chutney, jam or damson gin...with sherry. I just can't quite imagine my current kitchen set up allowing such a pleasant tradition. It's grand, however, to see all that you create. xo

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  12. Anonymous8:57 am BST

    What is the difference between damsons and plums? I thought those lovely violet things are all plums.

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    1. Damsons are a variety of plum just like victorias or greengages are. Damsons are small and astringent and best cooked or preserved.

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  13. I was eyeing up the damson trees just yesterday and thinking I'd better pick some soon ... damson gin and damson jam planned here, and possibly damson ice cream. These annual traditions, the things we always do, are what ground us, don't you think?

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  14. I saw a damson scrumper yesterday and thought of you!

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    1. I am too lazy to scrump these days...

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