Marrow Rum or "Booze from Otherwise Useless Vegetables"

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Hey ho.

So your courgettes have grown infeasibly large. You can't do anything useful with them, right? WRONG. YOU CAN MAKE THEM INTO BOOZE! Want to know how to perform this seemingly magical feat of wizardry? Then read on my friends.
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Step 1: Gathering Supplies

The things you need for boozing a marrow are these:

A marrow - any size, preferably large (mine's medium)
Brown sugar - volume is dependent on your marrow, I managed to pack about a kilo in
Raisins - purely optional, just a handful to mix in with the sugar for flavour
Dried wine yeast - this is to make the sugar turn to booze, pretty essential
1l measuring jug - for mixing, measuring and whatnot
A funnel - the kind you pour oil into your car with. But clean.
A demijohn - one of them big wine making jug thingamebobs
An airlock - funky little thing, lets the CO2 out and doesn't let the bugs in

Step 2: Chopping and Hollowing

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Lop the top of your marrow off. About 3 inches from the top, so you can get to the seeds (save the top for later, throw the seeds out unless you've got your own use for them).

Get some kind of long spoon - I used a sundae spoon that could nearly reach the bottom. Start scooping out all the seeds from the middle of the marrow, leaving as much flesh around the outside as possible. This is the hardest part of the whole affair, and it's easy. Know what that means? You're barely working, and you're getting booze!

Now this next bit should be done quite quickly - do it too slow and your marrow will absorb too much water.

Get your marrow and your jug by the kitchen sink. Fill up the marrow with water, right to the top, then QUICKLY POUR IT INTO THE JUG QUICK YOU'LL SPOIL IT! See that amount of water? That's the volume you've got to fill with sugar. In reality it's larger than that, because the sugar compresses and soaks into the flesh, but it's a good first estimate.
Hazel Twig11 months ago

Thanks for the reminder.

Many, many moons ago I used to make similar but I cut the marrow in half, lenghtwise to scoop out the seeds, tie or tape it back together and follow as you did. I then pricked the bottom of the marrow and hung it upright in an old pillow case so the liquid could drip into a large container/clean bucket. Left it until the marrow was total mush and I couldn't squeeze another drop of liquid out f it, then proceeded as you did with demi-john, etc. Planted the seeds and fed the remaining (little bit) of mush to the hens.

wahboasti1 year ago

Great Instructable, whether I make it or not, you had me pi**ing myself. Thanks!

alan421 year ago
hi I am about to try the recipe for this marrow rum it sounds very interesting and I will be waiting a long time to find out what it is like hope it will be worth it I have quite a few large marrows in my garden to try will let you know in about 12 months

Getting started on this tomorrow so I hope to hear great things from you Alan42 in the next 4 months :)

Seph Cameron (author)  alan421 year ago
Glad you like it. If you've got a few, try only doing one at a time if they'll keep. That way you can make mistakes and still have some to play with.
rstorm11 year ago
Awesome! My dad used to make this when I was a kid! And I couldn't remember how!! Thank you! Hiccup!
Seph Cameron (author)  rstorm11 year ago

Glad to be of service my good fellow. That reminds me, I should probably write up my sloe gin now I've drained the last of it...

twighahn2 years ago
ok i need some american english translation here "bung you airlock"?
Seph Cameron (author)  twighahn2 years ago
'Bung' as in cork or stopper, generally used in the term 'bunged up', meaning blocked. Stick the airlock in the hole, basically.
loafers2 years ago
Gday, it was pretty interesting reading through your whole instructable :) We do a bit of home brewing already but it's always interesting to try new things. I've got a question for you mate.. What on earth is a Marrow/Courgett? Looks a lot like a big ass zucchini.. but I've honestly never heard of a Marrow before. What do they taste like?
Seph Cameron (author)  loafers2 years ago
Yup, that's the bugger. We just call the tiny ones zucchinis here, when they grow a bit they're a courgette and when they're massive they're marrows. They don't taste of much when they get to this size, but it subtly flavours the sugar water coming out the other end.
jongscx2 years ago
I need to try this with watermelon...

Also, doesn't it have to be distilled to be considered "rum"?
Seph Cameron (author)  jongscx2 years ago
I reckon give it a go with a honeydew, watermelons don't have all that much sweetness to them. And I think it does, but this is a pretty old traditional method that's just been referred to as 'rum' for generations - possibly because of the type of brown sugar originally involved.
ksexton12 years ago
For those in the united states, marrow is squash.
Seph Cameron (author)  ksexton12 years ago
Yup. And over here a squash is any number of things, all of which taste much better than marrows :P