My plums are ripe. taste great and I've already gathered enough to
make a half batch of wine(if i wished)
thing is, they are a pain to pit. local wineshop told me to freeze
them to help macerate(masticate? crush) sould i do this with the pits
in? is there an easy way to pit plums? I'd assume boiling them would
help, but that might draw out icky stuff from the pits
I used to pit plums on the fly to feed my draft horse. I simply grabbed
the plun, stuck my thumbs into it and pushed out the pit. Took two seconds
and my spoiled baby got the juicy bits with no annoying pits.
I don't know. How many gallons do you think it takes to keep a 1700#
horse happy? <shrug> He ate the daily crop of plums, pitted. I never
thought to count/weigh/measure them. Sorry.
BTW, are you sure you really want to do this? You sure sound unhappy
over just about every aspect of it. Perhaps it's easier just to buy what
yhe I want to do this. i have about a dozen plum trees (a 15ft tall
plant is NOT a bush!) and either i do this or let them rot, and I am
unhappy about wasting them like that.
still thinking of getting the ladder up to get those high ones, next
year i am pruning with a vengance!
Probably somebody mentioned this already --but you could get
someone from a local food bank to pick the fruit. I used to get
somebody from St.Joseph's to pick my oversupply of peaches.
Would be terrible to let nutritious fresh food go to waste, when there
are people who can't afford to buy it.
I used to make peach wine. I'd pop the pit, crushing by hand, but if it
stayed with peach, I'd leave it in. Initial ferment in 12 gal food
grade containers with added sugar and water, then siphon into secondary
fermenter with air lock to complete. Maybe 8-9 gallons of must to get 5
gallons of wine.
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