Why? Because you can! And pickle, and jam, or otherwise celebrate the resurgence of the domestic arts our forebears held so dear. Put on your best apron and step into our kitchen, won't you?
Full of colour and full of flavour. A special jam to enjoy for the holidays.
Our local plum variety used to be the plum of choice for jam manufacturers. When combined with English lavender it makes a colourful preserve worthy of a royal garden party.
With asparagus such a prized vegetable, ever having enough to pickle seems an impossible dream!
You can't find blueberries in plentiful supply in the UK and those little punnets cost a bomb in the shops. There's nothing for it... I'll just have to grow my own.
Oranges are not the only fruit. This marmalade has a great flavour and uses ingredients with a longer season than a traditional marmalade.
The longer they poach the richer they become. Quince are an unusual fruit that reward you by long slow cooking.
A jam so black when you peer into its dense glossy richness you have to hang on so's not to fall through into an alternative jammy universe. Powerful stuff!
Gather rosehips for free and make them into syrup for a delicious cordial... or itching powder!
The best way to take control of a glut is to stay calm, cool and collected. Fill some jars with a delicious plum compote and you'll be so grateful you did, later in the year.
It is time to preserve that glut of tomatoes. So long as you pay attention to acidity, you'll be just fine.