Pear Brandy (Failed Attempt 1)
From: Jackie Duprey (my hairdresser); something her grandad
used to make.
Note: this is a work in progress but we're told that from 10
bottles employed you may get one bottle with a pear in it. You
should begin the making process in late May.
- 10 long-necked bottles with metal sprung bungs
- other stuff TBD...
- Select branches of your pear tree which have tiny pears
growing at the end of a discrete branch that is reasonably
straight, at least 15 cm long, and strong enough to support a
- Trim the branch so that there are no leaves or protruding
parts for about 15 cm.
- Tie some twine around the metal bottle top retainer.
- Feed the end of the branch into the bottle so that the tiny
pear sits about in the middle of the bottle.
- Use the twine to secure the bottle in place on the tree.
- Repeat until all bottles are used up.
- A few weeks later, check if any of the pears in bottles
have fallen off and reposition them onto new branches before
the pears get too big to fit into the neck of the bottle.
- After a few weeks the pears had fallen off in 5 of my 10
- By mid August, the remaining pairs, while still attached,
had all cracked (see third picture above); I don't know
whether this is to be expected or the result of our very hot
- Come October it was clear that the bottles were filling
with rainwater and the pears were mostly cracked and off their
stalks. Hmph. Need to try again next year.
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