Thursday 26 June 2008

First jam of the year!

Last year we made a couple of batches of homemade jam using fruit we bought in supermarkets and wistfully dreamed of the time we'd be able to make it from our own allotment grown produce. Fast forward about eleven months and here we are. Jam!

We managed to harvest approx 3lbs of strawberries on Sunday morning which we turned into five jars of jam with the addition of a few raspberries we picked at the same time. As jams go it's a little on the runny side, which I think has something to do with strawberries being low in natural pectin, but it's defiantly still jammy and tastes lovely!

This little lot is what we managed to bring home with us from tonight’s quick watering trip. Some more strawberries, a nice load of raspberries and the first few blackcurrants of the season. There's also some rather large courgettes as you can see which seemed to have grown in super quick time since we were last up there on Tuesday.


glosterwomble said...

What a fab harvest AND strawberry jam!! I'm green with envy, our strawberry crop has been awful!! Oh well there's always next year.

WeekendFarmer said...

welcome back!

You have done great with the allotment!!! The weeds and pests are a gerdener's biggest enemy. Dont feel what you can.

Johnice said...

Beautiful jam! I'm literally this minute canning cinnamon candy apples.

Matron said...

That's wonderful stuff! you will definitely have to add pectin or apples to strawberry jam as you are quite right that it virtually has no pectin so will not set properly.