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

Saturday, August 24, 2013

In a pickle

I'm still preserving our harvest.  In addition to the list in the last post, I've also made:
  • runner bean chutney
  • rhubarb and apple and ginger chutney
  • pickled cucumber
  • pickled beans
  • blackberry and apple jam
  • rhubarb and apricot jam
And I'm not done yet.  That onion marmalade has not happened yet and the damsons are not ripe enough yet to do anything with them.

I had enough blackberries for a batch of blackberry and apple jam and a batch of blackberry and marrow jam.  The day I picked the blackberries, I was given a carrier bag of small windfall apples and a marrow.  So I thought I would put it all together.  I cooked the apple and marrow together and when I tasted it, I couldn't tell that there was marrow in it - it just tasted of apple.  I have to say that I was tired of preparing apple by the time I had enough for the jam.  2lbs of prepared apple = about 40 of the apples I was given...  I kept the nice looking peel and cores and simmered them in some water with the rest of the reasonable looking apples and I now have about 3 pints of apple juice/pectin stock in the fridge.  I sieved the apple pulp and that went into the rhubarb and apple and ginger chutney.  The rhubarb in that refused to soften and I had to fish out every last bit of the rhubarb and cook it in the microwave and then add it back into the chutney pan...  I do hope it is nice when it has matured enough to eat because it proved to be a lot of work.  But the price was right : )  And I have more things for the Christmas hampers.

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  • At 11:30 PM, Blogger Fran said…

    You have been busy. What recipe do you use for your onion marmalade? It is one of my favourites xxxx

  • At 9:13 AM, Blogger Jo said…

    Onion marmalade recipes - I found a couple at: posts 8 & 9

    also Elaine's recipe at:

    When I made my last batch, it was based on Elaine's recipe but when things are for us and not for sale, I'm inclined to tweak things to suit what I have available, if you know what I mean : )

  • At 10:01 AM, Blogger My shabbychic vintage frugal life said…

    I hope to be as productive as you next year when I start growing lots of produce, Eileen x


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