Rumtopf – Part Two
Rum. Fruit. We’ve covered this before, remember? Well, today the sun was shining and what better way to celebrate than by adding more fruit to the Rumtopf? This time I went with cherries and seedless grapes, for no other reason than they were on offer in the supermarket. I got 400g of grapes, both white and red varieties, and 225g of cherries.
First step then, to wash and de-stalk all of the fruit. You do this by washing and then de-stalking the fruit. It’s not rocket science. Do I have to explain everything to you people? How do you even manage to dress yourselves of a morning? Oh I see. You don’t. Never mind.
Righto, now we need to remove the pits from the cherries. You can do this by slicing them up but I prefer to use a different method. You’ll need to find a suitable stabbing implement and an empty bottle. I chose a meat thermometer as it has a nice thick prong on it, but you can use a skewer if you don’t have one. It also means I get to repeatedly use the word ‘prong’ which is a novelty that I’m sure will quickly wear thin.
Use the skewer/prong thingy to make a hole in the bottom of the cherry, like so:
Why are you laughing? What’s so funny?
Anyway, once you’ve stopped your puerile giggling, turn the cherry over and jam the prong through the other end of the cherry, where the stalk used to go.
You should find that you can push the pit through the hole that you made and it’ll drop into the bottle. What you’ll actually find is that this works most of the time, but some of them are a pain in the arse and squirt cherry juice everywhere. Not my problem. If it wasn’t for me you’d be covered in the stuff so be grateful, ok?
Incidentally, you don’t have to use a Lucky Buddha beer bottle, but I think it lends a touch of class to the proceedings, and guarantees success. YMMV.
Once they’re all de-pittificated (yes, it’s a word), assuming you’ve not just eaten them all as you’re going along, you can add them to the rumtopf. Same goes for the grapes, just add them whole. Make sure everything is still submerged under a good half-inch of rum, if not then add more – in this case, you are permitted to do ‘one for me, one for the pot’. If you get pulled over later, tell the police you’re training to be a pirate and that I said it was OK. Or don’t, what do I care? Enjoy responsibly.
You should probably add some more sugar as well, see the first post for details.
That’s about it really, I can’t believe you needed me to explain how to put fruit in a jar but now we’re both feeling suitably chastened I think it’s time to go our separate ways. Think on.