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Rumtopf anyone?

Rumtopf - Betty 4.5 litres - CeramicA what? I hear you ask.

Well, a Rumtopf, which literally means rum pot, is actually a German dessert, which is traditionally eaten at Christmas time.  It is a  mixture of various fruits, rum and sugar. This is placed in a large stoneware pot which is known as a Rumtopf, where it is matured for several months.

After this time, the fruit will be very soft and saturated with rum. Making your own rumpot is easy and not bound by a strict recipe.

A Rumtopf is traditionally set up in the spring, and left in a a cool dark place, after which different ripe fruits are added to it over the summer months as they come into season.

The fruit is preserved in the rum ready to be eaten in the winter, when the Rumtopf has matured.

Typical fruits used include berries, plums, apricots and cherries.  In fact most fruits can be used, just use your imagination. Try strawberries, cherries, raspberries, black- and redcurrants, apricots, peaches, prunes, grapes, pears, apples, pineapples.

It is delicious served with ice cream or waffles. Pop the fruit into a glass of cheap bubbly for even more fun.

They make superb unusual gifts. Ideal for Father’s Day.
More Details – Rumtopf – Betty 4.5 litres – Ceramic

Wine Making Starter Kits


If you are looking for a complete starter equipment kit, then the Beaverdale Starter Kit from Good Life Homebrew  is a great place to begin. It comes complete with everything you need to make your first 30 bottles of wine.

They have enhanced their Beaverdale Starter Kits to include some extra equipment to make your first home wine making job easier and as it only includes the equipment, you are free to choose whatever wine you wish. There are also several options for bottling your wine if you don’t already have a stock of bottles or a demijohn. Simply select your favourite wine from over twenty different wines available.
The starter kit  includes the following equipment: –

25 litre Plastic Fermenter
Sterilising powder
Syphon tube with tap and sediment trap
Test Jar

Beaverdale “Equipment only” Starter Kit – 30 Bottles