Saturday, June 25, 2011

That little ole Ume Shu maker...

Oo-meh shoo - Plum wine. I made it just a few days ago. A student gave me the recipe, and I put it together.

You need a large jar. I bought a 4 liter jar at the local home store. Then you get some plums. Japanese plums are a bit different from the ones you're used to. They're much smaller, about the size of a golf ball, quite hard, and bitter tasting.

Allan picked the plums from a tree in our yard. It wasn't quite enough, so I bought a 1 kilogram bag.

I thought I was supposed to soak the plums overnight, but that's only if you're planning to make pickles. Oops! I considered making jam with the soaked batch, then decided I'm not really a jam maker.

I bought more plums, (having ruined the first batch), mixed the other ingredients and VOILA!!!

Now I just wait 1 year - ONE YEAR!!?? Yes, that's the bad part. The good part is that I can buy it in any number of places.

So, in addition to making alcoholic beverages, I was interviewed today by two prospective students. I have a few openings I'd love to fill.

Now it's 4th of July weekend, and we will be going to a picnic. I'm ready with my 'Stars 'n' Stripes'.

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