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Making Preserves

How to make Cider Vinegar

How to make Cider Vinegar

There are always some free apples for the taking in autumn, writes Elizabeth McCorquodale, whether from wildings, community orchards, or through social media sites like Freecycle, and making up a batch of apple cider vinegar is a cheap way of acidifying soil or making your own spot weedkiller. You can of course use it for […]

Rhubarb and Ginger Jam

Rhubarb and Ginger Jam

Gaby Bartai’s recipe for rhubarb and ginger jam is best using naturally produced rhubarb stalks than forced early ones. Rhubarb is also used in these unusal but non-the-less delicious flapjacks as well as a rhubarb and custard cake. INGREDIENTS MAKES 2 × 454g (1lb) JARS 700g rhubarb, chopped 700g sugar 40g crystallised ginger, finely chopped […]

By March 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Sugar Free Jam

Sugar Free Jam

OK, not strictly true. Fruit contains sugar but it can be viewed that this is a ‘good’ sugar and has certainly been the inspiration for Seren Hollin’s inspired sugar-free jam recipes Like it or lump it, the Western diet is now very high in refined sugar, and whilst I am not against a sweet treat, […]

By February 23, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Microwave Jam

Microwave Jam

Reader Alan Brooks shares his trick for making small batches of jam in the microwave – an ideal, low-volume way of preserving the harvest and like our instructions for making marmalade in the microwave you can settle for making a couple of jars at a time and have a bit of an experiment. Are you […]

By February 8, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Creating a Larder

Creating a Larder

Larders and pantries are no longer commonplace, so this month John Mason and his ACS team consider the requirements for an effective and traditional place to store your food Larders were common in British homes before the widespread use of mechanical refrigeration in the 1960s. They then fell out of favour and all but disappeared […]

By February 8, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Making Marmalade in a Microwave

Making Marmalade in a Microwave

City Cottage’s Diana Sutton’s recipe for microwave marmalade is easy and gives quick results. You can’t make it in large batches but it’s great if you only want a couple of jars. The ingredients here makes two jars of the orange sticky stuff. Ingredients 2 medium sized oranges 1 lemon 500g sugar (I have tried […]

By February 7, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
How to Crystallise Ginger

How to Crystallise Ginger

Crystallised Ginger, like candied peel, is a cupboard essential running up to Christmas and is called for in loads of recipes. uses. Here is Elizabeth McCorquodale’s recipe for making your own. INGREDIENTS 250g  fresh ginger, peeled and sliced very thinly 2 cups sugar 2 cups water METHOD Place the ginger in a saucepan with enough […]

By September 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Dot Tyne’s Courgette Pickle

Dot Tyne’s Courgette Pickle

Dot Tyne, co-author of Viable Self-Sufficiency writes HF’s popular Smallholder Diary every month. This is one of her ‘go to’ recipes for using up courgettes. CRUNCHY COURGETTE PICKLE This is an easy pickle to make, and it looks particularly attractive in the jar. It can also be made equally successfully using cucumbers. INGREDIENTS (The original […]

By September 19, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Winter Vegetable Chutney

Winter Vegetable Chutney

Gaby Bartai makes her apologies to the market-leading ‘pickle’ brand, but she can do better.  This chutney would go really well with Gaby’s Parsnip and chickpea rissoles. I spotted swede (referred to as ‘rutabaga’ in America) – which doesn’t lend itself to many preserving possibilities – amongst the ingredients on a long-neglected jar, and attempted […]

By September 9, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Sugar Free Pear Jam

Sugar Free Pear Jam

HF’s food historian, Seren Hollins, digs into her rationing cookbooks for inspiration to turn fruit into slightly more wholesome preserves. Like our recipe for parsnip cake this brings out the natural sweetness of the fruit (or veg) to sweeten. Whilst some recipes suggest replacing sugar with stevia this one uses the fruit’s natural sweetness and […]

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