The Jam List

Thursday, 30 August 2012


I took an inventory

Marmalade 1
Quince jelly 3
Crab apple jelly 7
Damson jelly 6
Damson jam 3
Blackcurrant jam 1
Raspberry and redcurrant jam 10
Strawberry jam 7
Damson chutney 4 (big jars)

It really doesn't matter that the crab apple tree has only a handful of fruit on its branches, that the blackberries are small and wizened, or that there are no quinces at all. We have enough.

I might need to make some more marmalade before the Seville oranges reach the shops in January, lime or pink grapefruit marmalade perhaps. But no more jam or jelly this year.
I made my latest batch yesterday. I don't often make strawberry jam preferring to utilise free fruit, but yesterday was such a miserable wet day I thought I would brighten it by filling the house with the smell of boiling strawberry jam.











26 comments:

  1. Ditto thriftyhousehold.
    I made lemon possum yesterday and wow, it is amazing. Thank you.
    Ax

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  2. Perfect. I made two-and-a half jars of lemon curd yesterday, and delicious it was indeed, but I would have loved a larder of jams and jellies like yours!

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  3. I can almost smell the jam cooking! I must also make some more marmalade as I bought too many oranges back in January and used half and froze half so I have them in the freezer ready. Thanks for reminding me.

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  4. Dear Sue
    I love the jewel colours of your jam hoard. My husband, Chris, has made some lovely blackberry jam this year but other fruit has been less forthcoming, thanks to the weather, but never mind - the unpredictability is one of the he joys of the British climate.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  5. Homemade jam! There's nothing quite like it! I love your label decorations, so personalized! Great last shot of the strawberry jam against the light showing up the gorgeous colour and little strawberry grains! Strawberry jam smells the best when it's being cooked!

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  6. Hi Sue, I made the crumbleberry cake last night with rhubarb and it was a HUGE hit! Thank you so much for the recipe - I am planning on taking a wander soon to hunt out some blackcurrants I saw the other day so that I can make another one! I will put pictures of it up on my blog soon.

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  7. Wow, what a lovely hoard of jams, makes me realise that I have to make some of my own before the summer glut of blackberries run out. The last picture of the light coming through the strawberry jam is heavenly!

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  8. I love your labels. Do you draw them yourself.
    I feel like making toast and jam now.

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    1. Yes, they're just little doodles on a sticky label.

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  9. Your jam is so pretty, Sue.

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  10. Redcurrant jelly has been my only excursion into preserves, and that went sort of OK. The pink grapefruit marmalade sounds delicious. Could I use a standard orange recipe and substitute the fruit?

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    1. I think so, but don't take my word for it as I haven't made it before and haven't researched recipes yet.

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  11. That makes my two jars of blackberry whisky look rather feeble, though I still have a couple of jars of marmalade left. Our blackberries are huge and juicy this year, must be all the rain.

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    1. The bottom shelf is all last year's making.

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    2. I still have fond memory of your delicious quince jelly, Sue.

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  12. That's a lot of jam! But it's so satisfying to make isn't it? I like the idea of grapefruit marmalade - can't stand grapefruit myself, but everyone else in my family loves it. I've had some apricots in my sights - reduced in the supermarket - but I turned my back and the fruit bats tucked in. All gone.

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  13. The strawberry looks delicious, and I could smell it as I read your words, as though you were busy with your preserves in my kitchen, it was uncanny. I've been making apple jelly here but it can't be that as it doesn't smell at all the same. The power of suggestion!

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  14. Your jam cupboard is so inspiring !!!
    I think things always taste better when 'you' make it at home...
    xoxo

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  15. Wow - what a jam cupboard! I have a long way to go before mine looks like that, but I did make 6 jars of damson jam yesterday, and am planning some blackberry picking tomorrow.

    I might one day manage to make jam like yours, but I know I will never manage such lovely labels. You are so artistic. I can't even manage to stick mine on staight, let alone draw such lovely pictures!

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  16. Major preserve envy - I dream of a cupboard full of lovely preserves. i do make jams and jellies etc - unfortunately my husband will insist on eating them, so i never quite get a lovely collection together. ;-) Congratulations

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    1. Part of the reason I have so many jars is because my lot won't eat the damson and quince preserves. They only like red jam.

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  17. Dire here this year which means not much jam and no apple brandy (if that was allowed of course!)

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