How to make Apple Butter

How to make Apple Butter by Katie Bryson on

What is Apple Butter? Well there’s no actual butter in it, but the name-tag refers to the texture of this gently spiced smooth and spreadable apple preserve. I first came across it because my mum, Women’s Institute preserving guru, has always made it. A jar would appear on the table to enjoy with sausages or […]

Bramble jelly

Bramble jelly on

Our good friends have just moved to a new place with a truly magical garden, filled with apple trees and blackberry bushes. The children had a smashing Enid Blytonesque time running around the garden, climbing trees, duelling with sticks and picking the fruit that went into this beautiful clear jam. Bramble jelly is one of my […]

Home made gift: Spiced Apple and Quince Jelly

Spiced Apple and Quince Jelly

Sponsored Post To keep spiralling Christmas costs down I decided to make home made gifts for the boys’ teachers this year. A couple of prettily packaged jars of preserves are usually warmly received – especially if they go well with the cheese and cold meats that we scoff our way through over the holidays. I […]

Strawberry and mint jam


I got a rather large delivery of Sweet Eve strawberries recently – a new variety that’s been developed by a British farmer who wanted a fruit with a sweeter, fuller flavour. The first thing that struck me was how flawless they looked – scarlet red with taut glossy skin. The aroma is super sweet and […]

Win signed copy of First Preserves

First Preserves by Vivien Lloyd

If you fancy getting into jam and chutney making you’re going to need a decent recipe book. Vivien Lloyd’s First Preserves is a fantastic no-nonsense guide to finding your feet in the world of preserving and i’ve got a signed copy to give away to one lucky reader. HOW TO ENTER… Fill in the Rafflecopter […]

Vivien Lloyd’s blackcurrant and chilli jam

Blackcurrant and chilli jam

Making jams, marmalades, jellies and chutneys has become something of a passion of mine since my mum showed me how to do it two years ago. I’m lucky that my teacher is a former WI preserves judge, but i’d say the next best thing if you’re looking to get jamming is fellow WI trained judge […]

Seville Orange Marmalade

Sun-lit jars of seville orange marmalade

I’d never really understood the fuss about Seville Oranges… why would they taste any different from the marmalade i’d made before? Well i’d clearly been missing the point. My fab mum kept a bagful of Sevilles aside  in her freezer for me to take back with me after half term. And so when Vivien Lloyd […]

Home-made gift: Rum and raisin marmalade

rum and raisin marmalade

I know it’s a bit old ladyish, but I LOVE marmalade. I love the sweet and sour tang on my toast of a morning. I’m down to my final jar of last year’s Christmas Marmalade, so I thought I’d make a new batch. I need some for gifts, some to donate to be sold at […]

Autumnal pear chutney

Autumnal Pear Chutney

A carrier bag of pears arrived in my kitchen recently, donated by my lovely friend Rosie who is lucky enough to have a treeful in her back garden. She warned me they were a bit on the hard side, so a batch of chutney was the order of the day. I’m really stockpiling a huge […]

Cherries and berries jam, and the joy of scum!

Raspberries, strawberries and cherries

Running out of home-made jam is the perfect excuse to think of a new flavour to bubble up in my cauldron. And as a celebration of summer soft fruits I plumped for a mega mix of strawberries, raspberries and cherries. I’ve not made the same type of jam twice since I started my journey into […]