Each year it seems that just as our family and friends go on holiday, their garden produce comes to fruition and they have to hand it out to us all so it won't waste whilst they are away. I always finish August making Preserves of one sort or another. It is very satisfying to see jars and bottles of preserves and cordials with pretty labels, ready to see us through winter... if they last that long.
So far this summer I have made Courgette ( Zucchini ) loaves and put them in the freezer, elderflower cordial and rhubarb cordials. These have no chemicals, preservatives and less sugar than bought cordials so are better for the children. Today, I have made apple and blackberry jam and also rhubarb and orange jam.
Before Christmas, I will make my Red Onion Marmalade that everyone loves on Christmas Eve with pates, pork pies and hams.
There are dozens of recipes online and I am sure you will find the ones to suit your lovely families. We like these.