My favourite preserve recipes.
The allotments are very productive and would probably feed a family of four, but we are a family of two and some cats – who aren't very keen on vegetables – so we tend to have a bit of a surplus. I decided to share with you some of the recipes I've used to take care of the glut.
I have to find something to do with the lined up carrier bags that John brings back full of produce and strategically places where I'm most likely to trip over them and break my neck! Guess what everyone is getting for Christmas?
Where a recipe calls for muslin, I usually end up using a laddered pop sock (preferably clean!) as I've failed to find a local supplier of muslin in sensible amounts
This is purported to be Pan Yan Pickle but could equally be called Apple and date relish/chutney. Whatever you call it it is delicious with just about anything you choose. Of all the chutneys and pickles I make this one is the favourite. It also has the advantage that there is no cooking involved, simplicity itself to make.
A dark, spicy chutney that is perfect with cheese. It can be used after about a month but keeps for months. This recipe can be scaled up to any quantity to fit your preserving pan. You will want to make lots, its so good.
This is adapted from a recipe I found on a BBC website last year. That one doesn't include the whole spices and uses sultanas, but I prefer using the figs as I find they give a better flavour which complements the pears nicely (as do the spices!). If you prefer a less chunky texture, chop everything (including the walnuts) into smaller pieces.
I got this recipe from my mother-in-law so it's named (jokingly) after her. This is a very sweet chutney and is delicious with ham, sausage, pork pie, cheese and savoury snacks. I have made this many times and often at the request of family and friends who tell me as soon as they run out of the last lot I gave them. It keeps indefinitely (so I am told) but it never lasts too long in our house. I have recently used some I made over a year ago and it was delicious.
Recipe for Green Tomato Marmalade – a lovely breakfast marmalade, makes a good side dish with curry, brilliant with cheese.
Recipe for Sweet Chilli Jam – Makes 4 8oz Jars and keeps for 3 months in a cool, dark cupboard – refrigerate once opened.