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.
Some high and low pectin fruits can be combined in the sane jam to compensate for one being low pectin . e g apple which is high pectin may be added to low pectin fruits. Other times additional pectin itself is needed. Strawberries, raspberries, blue berries are low pectin and don't set to a jelly or jam consistency without additional pectin from high pectin fruit or pectin itself.
Veronica, What pectin-poor fruits particularly benefit from adding lemon or orange?
I have added a picture of my preserves for this Christmas ,red onion marmalade, Apple and marrow chutney, pickled onions and pickled beetroots. The rhubarb and orange jam has all been eaten already.
COMMUNITY ; NOTE TO ALL FOR CHRISTMAS
I have added my red onion marmalade to this list so you may try it for Christmas to give your family and guests. My family love it. I hope you do too.
How interesting that you commented just then, as my son just at that time mailed me and said how he liked the ginger in the jar of jam I gave him.
I used ginger that was in a small jar from the supermarket and it seems to have work pleasingly.
Adding ginger to jams sounds like a great idea!
You're right. That's true and it's all free if it's from the garden or foraged locally.
Homegrown fruit is the way ahead I think. Fresh, natural and organic and eaten soon after picking.
Rhubarb and raspberry crumble s a big family favourite here.
Katie have you tried making raspberry and rhubarb cordial ?
An excellent way to enjoy your produce long after the harvest.
Oh my your talking about so many of my favorites, rhubarb and raspberries, I grow both myself in me own garden. I have ever berry raspberries, they keep comin on as long as they are properly picked on a regular basis. I eat fresh raspberries everyday. My rhubarb is just starting to get big enough to have more left over after pies. I also have strawberry and blackberry patches.