Or rather, more accurately, parsnip preparation time - which doesn't have nearly the same zing to it, does it?
Around came DD and DG and, after a lunch of cheese on toast, DD and I set to getting the bucket load of parsnips sorted.
Step 1: Into a bowl of warm water to soak off the mud
Step 2: Peel, discard, de-core and generally prepare
Step 3: Dunk in bowl of cold water.
Step 4: Blanch in boiling water for about 5 mins
Step 5: Drain, steam dry, cool and bag or open freeze. The ones I'm keeping for Christmas are being open frozen while the ones DD took home were in bags.
It took a while but it was worth it.
After that we strained the strawberry gin which has been 'festering' since August. My word, it smells good. We got five small-ish bottles of the stuff, four for hampers and one for Christmas. What didn't fit in the fifth bottle I am enjoying right now.
DD then put one of the bottles in a hamper she is giving to a very dear friend and I took a photo or two. Doesn't it look nice, what with the jams, chutneys and strawberry gin? Well worth the effort.
So all in all, a very productive day.