Saturday, 17 September 2016

Jam, glorious jam

It's that time of year again when it's nose to the grindstone, or in this case the jam pan as the end of summer harvest comes in.

I've done well with fruit from the allotment this year, with lots of raspberries, red and black currants, and quite a few strawberries - although not quite enough for our annual strawberry jam quota so still had to buy a few in from the local pick-your-own.

Foraged damsons
Elderberries and blackberries
Foraged apples
Now though it's been time to harvest the late summer/autumn fruits of blackberries, elderberries, apples and damsons.  I was lucky enough to happen across an area with an abundance of wild apples, damsons and elder so have been frantically making jellies and enough elderberry cough syrup to hopefully see us through the winter.  It's just a shame that the farmers rounds-about are very vigilant in their hedge cutting, otherwise we'd probably have a bucketful of foraged hazel nuts too.  Sadly, most seem to have suffered the chop :-(

The photo shows only part of the year's jam making efforts; the rest are tucked away in the cupboard.  Have we got enough jam?  Only time will tell!

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful selection of jams. You can never have to much jam ;-)


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