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Kummel

Postby frenchcheesequeen » July 27th, 2012, 2:13 pm

Uschi has made a passing mention of a neighbour making her own kummel and I would like to give this a shot. I have some caraway seed in the cupboard - do I just mix that with sugar and a white spirit of some sort? If so, which spirit? Vodka, gin, rum? How long does it need to be steeped for before straining? Do the seeds need crushing?
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Re: Kummel

Postby uschi » July 27th, 2012, 2:24 pm

Give me a minute to look up a few recipes.

I know that the basic ingredients here are Korn (Schnaps), but I guess any high octane alcohol will do, even brandy, rock candy and caraway seeds.

Hold on, my recipe book just uses ordinary sugar.

Right, here's the first recipe:

1,5 l of Korn (38-42% alcohol)
6-7 tblsp caraway seeds

Crush caraway lightly and put seeds and alcohol into a jar with a tight fitting top. Put it in a warm and sunny place and leave to steep for two weeks. Shake well every now and then.

Now it's time to sweeten your Kümmel. Add between 300 and 600 g of sugar to 250 ml water and bring to the boil. Stir until the sugar has dissolved completely and leave the sugar syrup to cool until lukewarm. Now add to the Kümmel and allow the mix to settle for two days. After that, strain and bottle.
From now on store in a coolish and dark place.

I'll have a look what else I can come up with.
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Re: Kummel

Postby uschi » July 27th, 2012, 2:36 pm

Feiner Kümmellikör
– für gute Verdauung (Rezept von 1887).
„Stoße 125 gr Kümmel grob, gieße 1 L Kornbranntwein darüber und laß alles für 3 Wochen am sonnigen Fenster stehen. Nach dem Abseihen gibst Zucker nach Geschmack dazu.” Das gleiche Rezept kann auch mit Kümmel, Fenchel und Anis (insgesamt 100 gr) zu gleichen Teilen angesetzt werden.

OK, found another one. I may have copied this from the internet, but don't know where from. :oops:

"Crush 125g caraway seeds, add 1 liter of Schnaps and leave to stand at a sunny window for three weeks, shaking every day.
After straining add sugar to taste." The same recipe can be made with caraway seeds, aniseed and fennels seeds (one part each) making up 100 g of seeds.

There you go, that's even easier.
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Re: Kummel

Postby scullion » July 27th, 2012, 2:48 pm

thanks, if i waste even more, i shall have a specially dedicated bottle to re-fill - and so much cheaper to use as keyboard lubricant!
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Re: Kummel

Postby uschi » July 27th, 2012, 2:55 pm

:D
I don't know what your shops have on offer, but in Germany you can get Korn (schnaps) for a good price at Aldi's or Lidl's.
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Re: Kummel

Postby frenchcheesequeen » July 27th, 2012, 2:58 pm

I may well ask the Spotted One to bring me a couple of bottles of korn to make this - he is across in a couple of weeks and we are meeting at the East Anglian picnic.

Thank you for your efforts Uschi - it will be nice to have some ready for Christmas.
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Re: Kummel

Postby StokeySue » July 27th, 2012, 4:31 pm

Interesting

I've always found kummel a bit overwhelming but I used to like Danziger Goldwasser, a more delicate caraway flavoured drink (basically gripe water with flecks of gold leaf in it)

Put Lidl doesn't sell Korn, but I guess their cheapest vodka woudl do at a pinch
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Re: Kummel

Postby uschi » July 27th, 2012, 5:07 pm

To be honest I prefer fruit liqueurs. Raspberries steeped in Korn with a piece of vanilla bean ... :luv:
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Re: Kummel

Postby spotteddick » July 27th, 2012, 8:11 pm

Ewald our friend from near Bonn makes Kirschlikör with his own Kirschen from his garden (not this year they buds froze) but he uses Korn, I will ask him if it is a Penner Füsel or a real Doppelkorn that he uses, he also makes mirabellen schnaps, in fact he makes quite a few for someone that is not supposed to drink :lol:
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Re: Kummel

Postby uschi » July 27th, 2012, 8:25 pm

Even Fusel can be used ... but you need time. Sit it in the cellar and allow to mature, after a year or two it will have improved no end.
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Re: Kummel

Postby frenchcheesequeen » August 17th, 2012, 12:10 pm

Right - the first bottle of korn has been divided between two bottles and a good tablespoon of crushed caraway seeds added. They will be left on the kitchen windowsill for a couple of weeks and shaken regularly before proceeding to the sweetened stage. I may well add a bit more syrup than that recommended but will try the proper recipe first and see if it is too strong to drink neat.

Many thanks to the Spotted One for bringing the doppelkorn.
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Re: Kummel

Postby frenchcheesequeen » August 18th, 2012, 10:28 pm

After only 24 hours on a sunny windowsill the colour has become pale golden and the aroma of caraway is noticeable when I open the bottles after shaking. Promising.
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Re: Kummel

Postby frenchcheesequeen » September 29th, 2012, 7:36 am

A pronounced caraway flavour and a very pale green colour is the result. I am most pleased.
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Re: Kummel

Postby aero280 » September 29th, 2012, 5:24 pm

We got waylaid tonight by the village fair on our way back to the hotel from the station. A tent where they made a Czech version of Sloe Gin, based on Mead!! :)

Just sobering up so that we can go down to dinner without falling over! :D :plink:


By the end of this holiday I will have used up all the :plink: :plink: and Lee will have to make some more........

edit...

I meant to post this in another thread :oops: :oops:
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Re: Kummel

Postby cheshire-cheese » October 19th, 2012, 7:42 am

:drool: I must have a go at this :)

:lol: ,aero280, too much :plink: ?

I'm sure I could rehouse that in a new thread somehow
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Re: Kummel

Postby cheshire-cheese » October 19th, 2012, 7:48 am

But before I do, what's the name of the beverage, is it medovina?
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Re: Kummel

Postby StokeySue » October 19th, 2012, 10:00 am

cheshire-cheese wrote:But before I do, what's the name of the beverage, is it medovina?


Kummel ;)
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Re: Kummel

Postby scullion » October 29th, 2013, 7:09 pm

I bought caraway seeds today - (schwartz - no own brand) - 1.70 for 1 in morrisons, or on offer in Tesco, 2 for 2.00 (and other spices, not just caraway).
vodka and seed mix sitting on the windowsill, and plenty of caraway seeds left for uschi's onion cake (and more kummel if I get some more vodka!).
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Re: Kummel

Postby Zosherooney » October 29th, 2013, 11:26 pm

Hmmmm ! I like savoury vodka, may have to give this a go sometime.
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Re: Kummel

Postby scullion » November 30th, 2013, 4:53 pm

my kummel was tested last night - it was nicer than proprietary stuff as I added less sugar than the 'shop bought' stuff obviously has in it.
thanks for the recipe, uschi
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