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Sterilizing jars

Sterilizing your jars or cans is very important to ensure the maximum shelf-life of your preserves. It’s fairly quick and can be done in a multitude of ways, so make sure your jars are prepped and ready. TIP: If bottling hot food, try and time your sterilizing process to end when your food is ready to […]

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Turning a Glut into Chutney

Turning a Glut into Chutney

Starting a vegetable garden is in many ways like having your first child; so much attention is paid to the pregnancy and birth that once that bit is out of the way you suddenly realise you have something you have to look after, tend and pay attention to for a very long time. It might […]

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Extracts and Essences

I’ve written this for Peppermint Extract because it’s easy to grow mint in your own garden, but it basically applies to any kind of flavouring you might use an essence or extract of; vanilla, almond, lemon, orange, cinnamon or pretty much anything else you might like to use. This recipe makes 120ml, which equates to […]

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Black Apple Butter

Jersey Black Butter (Le Niere Buerre) is a famous delicacy, dating from the 16th century, which originated as a by-product in Jersey’s cider-making days. Ingredients: 300ml cider or sweet apple juice 2.2kg cider or sweet apples, peeled and cored 225g Bramley apples, peeled and cored 60g Caster Sugar 1 stick liquorice, finely chopped 1/2 lemon, […]

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