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Photo article from the Welsh Hovel - coping with a glut of strawberries

Tom Winnifrith
Wednesday 21 June 2023

You can, of course ,just eat them and this attraction has prompted that rare spectacle, the Mrs and Joshua heading into the garden of their own volition. But faced with a glut, even that is not enough. I pushed a few through the blender to make the first strawberry ice cream of the year on Sunday and it is generally agreed that it was utterly amazing. If I sound conceited, anyone who has tasted my home made ice cream knows that I have every reason to be conceited. What you see below was picked in just 20 minutes by myself with Joshua and Jaya supervising ( i.e. picking to eat).

2kg of that basket have been cleaned and are now sucking on 1.5 kg of jamming sugar to be made into jam today. I ate a few last night but that still leaves enough to put in the blender to create enough thick liquid to make another two litres of ice cream.  And the four strawberry patches are still dripping with fruit. There will, thus, be another run or two of jam as we do use a decent amount for breakfast and tea at ShareStock, but also of ice cream to also store away for September 23.  Meanwhile another 6 litres of elderflower champagne is now in the bucket starting to fizz and another two and a bit litres of elderflower cordial was made yesterday as well for decanting today. Oh, and it is ginger beer bottling day as well.  The plant is fizzing and ready to divide in two. I think I might keep both and double the rate of production.

It all postpones getting stuck into the garden and lawns where the weeds and grass seem to be on steroids.



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About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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