Harvesting, storing, preserving..... anything else?
With just a week and a half until my sisters wedding, I am thinking about all the rose petals I harvested earlier this year to make into confetti. My mum has a huge garden with lots of roses and she allowed me to do a slightly premature dead-head round. I pulled the petals off the roses and arranged them in a large baking tray lined with newspaper. I popped this in the cold oven of the aga (works at home with a very low oven!) until some of the water had been removed and then put them in a box in the airing cupboard…. and thats when I last saw them.
In a sale in a bookshop the other day I picked out a book on preserves and pickling as I always remember jam and chutney making when I was small and would love to learn to do it with my own grown veg. I think apart from the hardy few that still do it, it is a dying art. I remember we used a large jam pan, an upside down stool and a large sheet of muslin for draining the jam!
So, I would love to hear your stories, tips and advice on harvesting and storing fruit, veg and flowers…. from basics to, dare I say it, secret recipes!
- 29 Aug, 2007
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