Marrow (zucchini) Rum
You guys! I finally have a use for those HUGE zucchini that you have in your garden. You know the ones. 🍆 No, not that one - the zucchini that you left alone for 24 hours while you were out of town and is now nearly as big as a car? Yup. Those ones. You can turn them into rum. In the UK, it's known as Marrow Rum. And it's pretty delish. Of course, you can flavor it differently to fit your preferences (I think I'll try lemonbalm next), but this recipe below will turn out tasting like apple pie!
You will need at least one large zucchini, sugar (white or brown), cinnamon sticks, a skewer or knife, a long handled spoon, a 1-qt small mouth glass jar, an empty 2 liter bottle or funnel, fermentation lids and champagne yeast. Optional but recommended: skewers to hold the zucchini upright as it ferments, plastic wrap or a cloth to keep bugs out and duct tape.
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Step 1: Cut off the bottom of the 2 liter bottle and recycle. Take the the other funnel looking half and stand it upside down in the glass jar and tape it in place. You can also use a large funnel if that is easier, although as the zucchini sits, it will start to wilt and the sides of the 2 liter bottle help provide support. (See pics below for setup)
Step 2: Cut off the top of the zucchini and scoop out the seeds. It helps to have a long handled spoon and a long knife. You can save the seeds for next years garden if you like.
Step 3: Once you have most of the seeds out, stuff the zucchini with brown sugar. Fill it as full as you can, making sure to pack it in there.
Step 4: Poke a hole with a skewer into the bottom of the zucchini and stand it up on top of the jar with the cut end up. You will probably see juices dripping out of the end with the hole almost right away. Put the top back on the zucchini and wrap it in plastic wrap or a cloth bag to keep fruit flies out. Stand in a corner where it will not be disturbed and it is propped up to help keep it from falling over.
Step 5: Leave the zucchini for up to 5 days, checking each day to add more sugar if needed. If you notice mold before the 5 days is up, remove the zucchini immediately and proceed to step 6. Note: if there is mold in the liquid below as well, toss it all and start from scratch.
Step 6: Remove zucchini and compost! Then stir the liquid in the jar thoroughly and top off with a fermentation lid. Place in the cupboard for a minimum of one month.
After a month, remove the fermentation lid, add in a cinnamon stick (or your flavor preference) and place a regular lid on the jar. Place back into the cupboard (for at least a week) until you are ready to drink. The longer you let it sit, the more mellow the flavor will be. We let ours sit for nearly a year, and you could could no longer taste the alcohol in it.
That's it! Try it out and at let us know what you think.
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