This blog is mainly a rambling kind of diary of the transition from smallholderwannabe to smallholder.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

In a jam

I've been filling the store cupboard as well as getting ahead with Christmas hampers.  I've made:
  •  20 jars of pasta sauce from fresh tomatoes and it looks lovely.  It is such a bright orange colour  compared to sauces that I've made before from tinned plum tomatoes
  • gooseberry and elderflower jam - one of my absolute favourites
  • gooseberry and redcurrant jam
  • redcurrant jelly
  • strawberry jam
  • even more strawberry jam but this one has a softer set so it will be wonderful on icecream or with yoghurt
  • strawberry and rhubarb jam
  • four fruit marmalade
  • three fruit marmalade
  • elderflower cordial
  • dandelion honey
I'm hoping that there will be enough autumn fruiting raspberries to make just a little bit of jam for my husband because that is his favourite.  And hopefully we'll have a few of the little damson like plums because that is my top favourite jam. We had a storm when the tree was in flower so there is not the promise of as much fruit as I had hoped.  My son's apple tree is heavy laden so I'm getting hopeful about helping with the harvest there : )  Apple chutney, apple and onion pickle, apple and whatever chutney...  drool.  I love chutney!

Last year I did not get my hands on any kind of fruit in sufficient quantities to do more than a pudding so I think I am going a bit overboard with the jam this year to compensate.

Edited so that I have a complete list I can refer back to:
  • blackberry and raspberry jam
  • runner bean chutney
  • rhubarb and apple and ginger chutney
  • pickled cucumber
  • pickled beans
  • blackberry and apple jam
  • rhubarb and apricot jam
  • raspberry plus jam - raspberries plus a little bit of rhubarb and a handful of blackberries
  • lavender and lemon chutney
  • last of the summer jam - blackberries, sloes, wild damsons, crab apples, quinces, apples
  • damson jam
  • damson and orange jam
  • elderberry syrup
  • blackberry and elderberry jam
  • sloe and apple jam
  • hedgerow jelly
  • apple and pineapple jelly

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  • At 12:52 PM, Blogger Scarlet said…

    You have been busy! I made courgette chutney today (aswell as yet more courgette soup for the freezer). I've also made blackcurrant jam, and some mixed fruit jam. I do love seeing the jars lined up in the cupboard!

  • At 9:42 PM, Blogger Fran said…

    I am so jealous, I cannot wait to have a big enough cooker and the space to do some preserving. I am drooling now reading your list xxxx

  • At 4:36 AM, Blogger Jo said…

    Scarlet: We didn't get enough blackcurrants to make jam and a recipe for courgette chutney would be nice - please?

    Fran: My friend makes jam on one electric ring but it is the storage that is the problem.


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