The preserving season is almost upon it & I can not wait! I have been making Jam, chutneys and Jellies as well as drying my own herbs for about 3years now & it gives me such pleasure.
It really is so easy although I've improved my technique over the years I've never had a bad batch. Last year I made my own recipe for lavender jelly which turned out really well.
You may already have made some jam from early fruits such as rhubarb - rhubarb and ginger jam is delicious! I always kick off the season with a batch of Elderflower cordial in June. It reminds me of when I was expecting my 2nd daughter. I was already a week overdue and having lots of false starts & going a little out of my mind - it was also very hot that year! I tired all manner of home remedies to induce labour and eventually struck on the notion that if I started a project she was sure to arrive. So I set about making Elderflower cordial convinced that whilst it hung overnight straining through a muslin I was sure to have my baby. I didn't, it was another week before she arrived but we had some lovely cordial to toast her arrival.
|image via decorative country living where you can also purchase these vintage french jam jars|
Anyway now is the time to start collecting your equipment together and particularly collecting all the empty jam jars and glass bottles that you can lay your hands on.