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How to Make a Rumtopf- A Delicious Way to Preserve Summer Fruits!

How to Make a Rumtopf- A Delicious Way to Preserve Summer Fruits!

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Sometimes, when we were kids, my cousins and I got to have boozy fruit on our pudding (those must have been days that Oma REALLY needed a bit of rest). The big stone crock, would come up from the Keller, and when Oma opened it up we would peek inside to see the soaking fruits. mmmmmmmm. Germans don’t like waste, so fruit that wasn’t eaten or turned into jam or stuck in the deep freeze might have ended up in there. Strawberries, Cherries, peach slices, and more…all macerating in sugar and rum. Learning how to make a Rumtopf is EASY!

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Want to know how to make a Rumtopf?

A Rumtopf is a clay jar (or sometimes glass) that gets filled with fruit, sugar and then RUM. The whole mass sits for 4-6 weeks, and then you can enjoy the augmented fruits on your puddings, ice cream… or just straight out of a dish. It is a delicious way to preserve fresh fruit.

Traditionally, you start preserving the fruits in summer time, to be enjoyed during the holidays. You can go ahead and start a Rumtopf in May or June with fresh Strawberries… then keep adding more fruits as they ripen. Or stick with just one fruit (maybe make a few Rumtopf to get different flavors.)

Thanks to the abundance of fresh fruits in our Grocery Stores and Farmer’s Markets, it is never really too late (or too early) to start a Rumtopf. That way, even on the dreariest days of Winter, there is a bit of sunshine in your dessert. Just make sure your fruit is RIPE. It really does taste better if the fruits are at the peak of sweetness.

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Best Fruits for Rumtopf

Cherries
Grapes
Strawberries
Raspberries
Red Currants
Gooseberries
Pineapple chunks
Pear Slices
Nectarine and Peach slices
Plum and Apricot halves.

Peaches are best without the peel, but don’t worry about peeling apricots and plums

Remember to remove stems and pits before adding fruit to the pot!

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Don’t Use these Fruits in your Rumtopf

Apples (they get a funny texture),

Melon (too watery)

Rhubarb (sour)

Black or Blue berries (will turn everything purple)

Citrus (too sour)

and especially… NO BANANAS (mushy yucky).

Serve your fruits over ice cream, pudding for Nachtisch, on waffles or even as a side dish for game.

 




 

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Comment(1)

  1. Every year I want to make a Rumtopf and I forget about it. I don’t have the right Rumtopf,but I can do it in a crock pot.

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