Sunday, 22 May 2016
Preparing for Jam season
Our soft fruit is coming along well at the moment and there is distinct possibility of a glut. I have invested in a small Maslin pan and got together my jam making equipment. Found some left over labels, the bottle brush for the jars and the thermometer I invested in last year. The pan was an 8 litre one and cost £15 which seemed a fair price for the quality.
The jars seem to have been poked here and there since Christmas so tomorrow I will finish the grand tidy of the under stairs cupboard and tops of units and gather them up for a good wash (no dishwasher). Jam sugar and lemons are on the shopping list for Monday and I have some root ginger from the market stall last week. I am going to start with Rhubarb and ginger jam which should keep us going till the strawberries, raspberries and gooseberries are ready. My all time favourite jam is blackberry and Apple Jam and I am planning on a good number of those jars for the winter.
I am using this recipe -http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1091639/rhubarb-and-ginger-jam
While I am under the stairs in this deep dark cupboard I am going to find the wine making kit - might be enough of a glut for that too!
Really feels like summer is coming now.