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Garden produce ready for Christmas gifts.

I've used the onions for pickling as some were quite small this year. Two weeks ago I picked all the crab apples and made the crab apple jelly. I froze some blackberry and raspberry when I had a glut. Yesterday afternoon I defrosted them, added apple, boiled them up and left them to drip through muslin overnight and this morning I made the juice into jelly. I made beetroot chutney yesterday and some marmalade this morning. Everything's a bit stuck up now, I'm not too clever at pouring it into the jars without dripping it all over the cooker, work surface and me......lol. Yesterday I also made some sweet apple and date chutney from some of the apples left on the trees. I feel satisfied now that they are all done ready to label and I'm going to give them in a hamper to my close family and friends for Christmas.



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My goodness you have been busy! Your friends and family are very lucky to have such tasty treats to look forward to.

22 Nov, 2015

 

Wow! Well done! :))

22 Nov, 2015

 

I've enjoyed cracking on with it all. It's used up a lot of the eating apples and cooking apples that I am not good at storing, apart from freezing them, but the freezer was chocka with cooking apples and a few sliced eating apples already. I haven't tried the sweet chutney before and the recipe, which I found on the Internet while looking for ideas to use up the eating apples, says it's good to eat straight away and is even tastier after 3 months storing in a cool dark place. I liked it very much when I tasted it while putting it into the jars. T and my D in Law liked it very much. They were my tasters...lol. I found some jars of blackberry jelly I had made in September and had forgotten about. I hope a jar of each and a date loaf I shall make in the week before Christmas will be welcome. I know they all love the crab apple jelly, the marmalade and date loaf so fingers crossed they will like the rest.

22 Nov, 2015

 

Whooo you've been busy. I pickled some onions last week but that's all. All look great.

22 Nov, 2015

 

Very impressed, how delicious it all looks :-)

22 Nov, 2015

 

Thanks, I have to stash it all away now because I've had two visitors today and they wouldn't leave without a jar of marmalade, a jar of chutney and another of crab apple each. At this rate there won't be enough left for the people I have planned to give it to.....lol
I couldn't get any pickling spice anywhere Dawn, I had to get ready made spiced vinegar for my onions. I hope they turn out ok. Mind you, I didn't miss the smell of boiling vinegar all through the house....lol

22 Nov, 2015

 

Don't forget me I am one of your very best friends Sheila. I will be look out for the post delivery at Christmas.

23 Nov, 2015

 

That looks wonderful, Hb! I haven't made any preserves this year. I thought it was going to be a green tomato chutney year, then they all ripened in the late sunshine. Those will make lovely Christmas gifts, and I bet they'll be very well received!

23 Nov, 2015

amy
Amy
 

They look wonderful Sheila your family will be thrilled with them , we've done our pickled onions & Beetroot and would you believe I've also made my mince pies and sausage rolls for the freezer ,I'm so ahead of myself Lol ...

24 Nov, 2015

 

Looking for a box suitable for packing yours in Jj, how could I forget you......you are even in my dreams......

24 Nov, 2015

 

Melchi we were the same with the tomatoes. Still, we enjoyed them fresh didn't we. I know for sure they all love the marmalade and crab apple jelly. Time will tell if the others go down as well.....lol

24 Nov, 2015

 

Amy you've cracked on too with your preserves. I hadn't thought of baking and freezing it. That's a good idea, better than leaving it all to Christmas week as I usually do. I shall do a batch next week and the week after and freeze them before the family get chance to eat them....lol I shall just leave the date and walnut cakes to make in the week before Christmas. I shan't feel so frazzled then. Thanks for mentioning it.

24 Nov, 2015

 

wow, your an alchemist in the kitchen. Very talented.

24 Nov, 2015

amy
Amy
 

Sheila I always use a pastry recipe from Delia Smiths Christmas book it makes lovely buttery 'quick flaky pastry ' you need to freeze the butter before you start to enable you to grate it into the flour ,you can then freeze the sausage rolls raw taking a few out at a time as you need them to bake , if you don't have the recipe I can PM you with It :o)

25 Nov, 2015

 

I have been getting ahead with baking, too. Freezing sausage rolls and mince pies uncooked is ideal - they go straight into the oven for fresh bakes when needed. I always freeze cooked scones. They only take a few seconds in the microwave and are lovely eaten warm. I try to cook double batches if we are eating them so I can be sure there'll be some left to freeze!

25 Nov, 2015

 

What a lovely lot of home preserves. Also a special present for the people who ware going to receive them too. It sounds as though everyone has been busy cooking for Christmas. I will make some mince pies nearer the time. Happy baking...great eating!!!

26 Nov, 2015

 

Wow! You have been busy, wish I was your neighbour as I would of come in for a taste of them whats in your jar's LOL

28 Nov, 2015

 

Thanks Bg....lol
Amy would you pm me the recipe please. The pastry sounds really nice. I usually use the Kenwood butter pastry for my tarts and mince pies but I'd like to try yours for the sausage rolls. Ive never been any good at making flakey pastry. I have to buy the ready roll stuff.
Melchi I haven't tried freezing mince pies but I will do now. Thankyou. You can't beat a nice warm scone with strawberry preserve and double cream...mmmmm. :o))
Linda its so nice to have a few homemade isn't it. How is the knee doing now. I will pm you.
LadyEssex, I need a taster other than T who is only allowed the warm ones I break when I drop them transferring them to the cooling rack. Thankfully that doesn't happen too often...lol. We could do swaps.... :o))

5 Dec, 2015

 

You're welcome. These are especially delicious during the dismal winter months. Items like these always go like hotcakes at the farmers' markets. "$!"

5 Dec, 2015

 

Oh my goodness was a lovely array of goodies, lucky family is all I can say!! and well done.

8 Dec, 2015

 

Thankyou. 😋

11 Dec, 2015



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