In a jam


Jane Pikett celebrates the joys of homemade jam and chutney

Is there any sweeter task than an afternoon harvesting woodland berries, to be followed by an evening in the company of the jam pan?

I can think of few more satisfying tasks than these, followed by the satisfaction which comes with writing and sticking pretty labels and finishing the whole with a pinked fabric square and a sprig of lavender from the garden. I could come over all Kirsty Allsopp at the mere thought of it.

Everything homemade is having a moment, and thanks to a bumper blackberry and apple harvest in my garden and the wood down the lane, evenings with the jam pan are mine right now. And why stop at jam? Homemade chutney is all I need with a strong, hard cheese to get me through the winter months. Try these…

Recipe: Strawberry jam

Recipe: Blackberry and apple chutney

Recipe: Salt and pepper squid with chilli strawberry chutney

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