I already knew alcohol was a vehicle for preserving. I discovered this last year when I started infusing vodka with strawberries. But, when I recently got wind of this rumtopf idea, otherwise know as bachelor’s jam (hence the title of this post – why should bachelors have all the fun?!), I was thrilled because it’s a preservation method that jives with my busy schedule and the way the fruit in my garden shows up.
It’s a method that comes together a little at a time. Here’s the gist – put delicious, ripe fruit in a large, clean container as it becomes available. In my yard, the strawberries arrived first so they’ll be on the bottom. Add some sugar, top with rum, weigh it down so the fruit stays submerged and repeat as new fruit becomes available. You’ll have different layers of fruit as you harvest it and add it to the jar! Then, share with your friends and family during the winter when everyone is tired of the rain and pining for summer.
- New York Times article on spiking fruit
- Another fun article by the Times about alcohol infusions
- Recipe for Bachelor’s Jam
You can pretty much use any clean, non-porous food-safe item to weigh down your fruit to keep it submerged. If a small plate fits inside your container, use that. Since I couldn’t find a plate that would fit, I used a zip lock bag. I filled it with rum (just in case it leaked) and placed it in the jar. Done.