Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Jars full of Delight

My store cupboard of preserves, pickles and chutneys isn't as full as it should be - why?  Because I haven't made any jam this year - why?  Because I still have jam in the cupboard from 2006!  It is obvious that we don't eat as much jam as we used to, so I can't see the point of making it - anyway, I have been given some crab apple jelly and damson jam which will be enough to keep us going.  The trouble is that I feel a little guilty not preserving all the lovely fruit that we have had this year - but there is still plenty of it in the freezer, which I am sure will all get used eventually.

On the other hand, I have pickled some onions and beetroot and made picallili and one or two different  chutneys. but in general I do make a lot less of everything, it just doesn't get used - and I'm not going to make stuff for the sake of it, and the produce seems to get used in other ways.

One thing I do like making though is  windfall marmalade which is made from apples but looks and tastes just like the real thing.

To make 4 - 1lb jars
1lb windfall apples, 1 grapefruit, 2 lemons, 2.1/2 pints water and 2.1/2 lb sugar
  • peel core and chop apples reserving the cores and peel
  • pare rinds from grapefruit and lemons as thinly as possible and shred finely
  • remove pith from fruits and chop flesh removing pips
  • tie citrus pith pips and apple peel and cores in muslin
  • put all fruit in preserving pan with shredded rind water and muslin bag
  • bring to boil
  • simmer for 2.1/2 hours until reduced by half
  • remove bag and add sugar then boil rapidly for 15-20 mins.
  • leave to stand for 15 mins
  • then stir to distribute the peel before potting and covering the usual way


  1. Hi Elaine,

    I've always fancied making my own preserves and chutneys but I've always been put off by the volume of stuff you end up making. There's only 2 of us. We haven't had enough fruit from the plot to make any anyway as its my first year although we have quite a stash in the freezer for tasty crumbles throughout the winter.

  2. Your store cupboard looks pretty full to me. We don't really use pickles and chutneys, though we probably would if I made some, I'll have to think about that for next year.

  3. Marvelous. I always love to see new cans of canned fruits and veggies. They always look so pretty to me. Years ago when I canned everything it always looked so pretty to see them all on shelves in the basement.

  4. Yup...have got to try your windfall marmalade recipe!

  5. I must say seeing a cupboard full of homemade produce makes me feel like an 'earth mother', sadly I don't make as much as I used to as we can't get through it all.

  6. Looking forward to trying out your Windfall Marmalade recipe.

  7. You could always give away or sell any surplus preserves... Or donate them to a charity maybe?

  8. I make far too much as well...but everything seems to find a home in the end :)

  9. Hope you enjoy the marmalade - it's a winner.


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