Viewing post #45416 by NEILMUIR1
|Dear Trisha, you could make them now, but I would wait. The reason for this is; there is not much good dried fruit in the shops at the moment, as most people use a lot before Christmas in cakes etc., so the shops do stock up again, but as the call is not that great they don't go mad. Then in the beginning of August when nobody wants dried fruit as most people are using fresh stuff, they start to work their Christmas stock out, and so wish to sell off what they have in stock. That is the time to buy it, for you can get a lot cheaply! Then make them and by the time Christmas comes, they are nice!
Of course if you are making one it will not make a lot of difference; but my mother makes 37 Christmas cakes one for each member of the family, they use a lot of fruit, and 16 Christmas Puddings, so the savings can be immense on that quantity!
That is what happens in the UK, so may be different in the US.
I do not know if that is any help at all?
We have eaten ones that were over 12 months old and they are perfect as long as that seal is airtight, with the string, and they are kept in a cool place!
I always used to put an extra spoonful of rum in when mother was not looking, but as that is her traditional recipe I did not add that to it!
Once we can move posts to threads, I will put them all on threads, but we cannot do that at the moment!
p.s. did you notice the now working links to other cubits!