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Blackcurrants + a little Sugar = Microwave Jam!

AdvantagesFreshly picked taste! low sugar; No slaving over preserving pans; less washingup; makes creative gifts.

DisadvantagesNeed Microwave; your fingers get filthy topping/tailing; the jam gets eaten too quickly

"Two years ago, I had finally managed to pick all the blackcurrants from the bushes in my front garden! It was a backbreaking job to "top and tail" all the blackcurrants - it was a bumper crop for five bushes. Some were so small that the berries were almost the same size as the tail… Anyhow, the best use for mini blackcurrants is jam, and the best way to make jam is in the microwave. The benefits of making the jam in the microwave include: … ..." Read review
05.08.2005

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Community Level 4BIG_NANNA

BIG_NANNA

"I'm in a right pickle" Review with images

AdvantagesTastes delightful

DisadvantagesYou smell like a pickled granny

"There is nothing better than your own homemade pickles and chutneys to have over the Christmas period with all the cold meats and crusty bread or indeed at any time of the year. I hope you will feel inspired to pickle your own later in the year as the vegetables become available. Firstly you need to make some pickling vinegar. Yes I know you can buy a gallon of vinegar already pickled but it really is not as tasty and also your pickled onions ..." Read review
30.12.2007

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Crab Apple Jelly

AdvantagesEasy, delicious, cheap

DisadvantagesFinding crab apples if you don't have them in the garden

"...edible. One of my favourite recipes remains one of the easiest, and an excellent one for beginners: crab apple jelly. (“Jelly” just means a clear jam, not the wobbly stuff you have with ice cream, by the way). INGREDIENTS Crab apples, up to 4lbs 1 lemon Sugar, 1lb per pint of cooked apple juice Cinnamon stick (optional) “Crab” apples are small, sour apples; the trees that they come from are descendents of wild, rather than cultivated, ..." Read review
10.07.2007

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Community Level 5Suzela

Suzela

Black and blue jam

AdvantagesLovely flavour

Disadvantagescan be expensive to make

"...to my Mum's jam making recipes this is the usual setting point but it is always wise to check. One thing I always do to check setting point is put a couple of saucers into the freezer for a few minutes before I start making the jam and when I am ready to test take one out, take the jam off the heat and place a teaspoon of the mixture onto the cold saucer. if it immediately sets and when you push it with your finger the surface crinkles then it has ..." Read review
03.09.2007

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Lemon curd and not an E number in sight

AdvantagesTastes wonderful, uses fresh ingredients and simple to make

DisadvantagesDoesn't last very long!

"In the face of absolutely massive public demand (otherwise known as jillmurphy – thank you Jill!) I have been persuaded to share my recipe for lemon curd. The next time you go to the supermarket pick up a jar of lemon curd. Have a look at the list of ingredients. Now put the jar back on the shelf. You really do not want something that’s so packed full of E numbers and ingredients that you can’t pronounce. Go to the fruit and vegetable counter instead ..." Read review
01.10.2002

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Community Level 3CheekyGranny

CheekyGranny

BIGBAZ WANTS A DECENT SHIRT LIFTER

AdvantagesA GOOD OLD FASHIONED TASTE

DisadvantagesSO YUMMY THEY WILL NOT LAST LONG ONCE OPENED

"Bigbaz Barry needs a decent shirt lifter to satisfy his cravings so I thought I would try and oblige. A shirt lifter is an old fashioned term used for a really good pickled onion. The secret is to make your own pickling vinegar rather than to buy those awful ready-made varieties. I have tried them but find my pickles go soft after just a few months. The recipe below is one that I like to use each year. I have heard if you add extra chillies it really ..." Read review
03.01.2003

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Community Level 3fanny

fanny

pickles and chutney's sweet and spicy.

Advantagesyou will love these as much as i do.

Disadvantagesyou'll never buy pickles again.

"Well there's nothing i love better than christmas day teatime, this is the time we have a big cold tea spread, with meat's, salad's ,cheese's, bread's,pork pie's and our own pickles or chutney's.Beside from the fact that they were made with our own hand's and home grown produce, they are relatively cheep to make and if you save your empty jar's from other products it become's even cheeper. Now here is some of my family's oldest recipe's for chutney's ..." Read review
07.11.2002

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Community Level 2whytelexie

whytelexie

Chalkie's Chutney

AdvantagesIt really has some kick

DisadvantagesTo be avoided if you want a romantic evening in

"This is a Whyte family recipe handed down to me by my Uncle Alan and modified by me for those who like to spice things up a bit! This recipe is so easy and I hope you enjoy making it as much as I do! INGREDIENTS 12floz Red Wine Vinegar 3/4lb granulated sugar 2 normal sized tins chopped tomatoes 1 whole garlic (not 1 clove) 1 whole ginger root 1 peeled and diced apple (optional) 1 handful of sultanas (optional) 1 teaspoon Hot Pepper Sauce ..." Read review
22.01.2003

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Community Level 3sweetpeas01

sweetpeas01

My Grandmothers Traditional Rose Petal Jame

AdvantagesRoses have to be in season!

DisadvantagesShelf life can be quite short

"Preserves refer to fruits or vegetables that have been prepared and canned for long term storage. There are various types of fruit preserves made globally, and they can be made from sweet or savory ingredients. There are many variations of preserves which include, confit, conserve, fruit butter, fruit curd, fruit spread, marmalade, jam and jelly! I never knew how many there were!! I will be reviewing a preserve which my english/ austrailian grandmother ..." Read review
01.05.2009

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Community Level 5cladach29

cladach29

The red colours of autumn in a jelly Review with images

AdvantagesSharp, sweet jelly, awesome red colour, easy to make

DisadvantagesSlight bitter quinine-like taste

"---Introduction--- Until yesterday, I had never tried my hand at making a jam or jelly, despite being pretty handy in the kitchen. However, I was leafing through an old encyclopaedia of fruit and came to the entry on Rowan berries. Contrary to what many think, these are not at all poisonous and indeed can be used to make a variety of preserves, wines, liqueurs etc. Rowan is the red berried fruits of the Sorbus genus, and most people are famililar ..." Read review
02.09.2006

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Community Level 4unixgirl

unixgirl

Berry Fast Raspberry Jam

Advantagesquick, simple and cheap to make

Disadvantagesnone

"I hate waste. I have a tendency to buy too many raspberries when they're in season (strawberries too). So at my grandmother's suggestion I tried making raspberry jam with left over raspberries that had gone a bit soft (this is also a great way to use raspberries or other berry fruit that you may have picked up cheap because its on or close to its sell by date). The cheapest place to buy raspberries is usually Asda, Tesco or Lidl. You can use frozen ..." Read review
07.02.2006

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Community Level 5numberthree

numberthree

Easy lemoncurd in the micro

AdvantagesSo easy to make

DisadvantagesDoesn't keep very well

"I was given this recipe by my sister-in-law after I mentioned I fancied making some lemoncurd. My husband adores it, so I thought I would try and give him some real homemade stuff. Well I must say that I reccommend this recipe as it is simple, easy and very quick. Also, of course there are no additives - which is why it doesn't keep for ever. But as it is so simple to do why not make some each month! The flavour is excellent, very lemmony, and ..." Read review
01.09.2003

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Community Level 2KrazyKaz

KrazyKaz

Strawberry Jam and Blackcurrant Jam

AdvantagesStrawberry jam and Blackcurrant jam.

DisadvantagesIt takes a while to cook.

"My favorite is Strawberry but bothof them are yummy on toast. Strawberries are at their best and cheapest during summer. Strawberry Jam Yields: About 5lb/2 kg jam, Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: about 1 hour. YOU WILL NEED. 3 and a half ib/1.5kg strawberries, 2 Lemons 3lb/1.25 kg white sugar. Hull the strawberries and place them in a cooking pan with the lemon juice,and the lemon rind and pith tied in a muslin bag. Heat ..." Read review
16.12.2004

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Community Level 1avebell

avebell

Dandelion preserve

Advantagescheap and tasty

Disadvantagescan be done only in the season when dandelions grow

"Have you ever happened to eat something made out of dandelions?? Reminds me of those childhood days when playing with friends we were "cooking" imaginary stone soups and dandelion salads. According to wikipedia dandelions make nice wine. How about dandelion preserve? Anyway this preserve is just brilliant and tastes great! Try it! You need: 400g dandelion flowers 2 lemons 1kg sugar Wash dandelions properly and leave them covered with water ..." Read review
29.07.2006

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