Fruit picking and jam making in Deal

Hmmmm, this post was meant to come after this one – nevermind.

Whilst in Deal recently we went fruit picking and whilst we initially thought there were slim pickings we did manage to get enough redcurrants to make a few jars of redcurrant jelly and enough raspberries to make a good number of jars of raspberry jam with extra left over just for eating.

Weighing the raspberries

Weighing the raspberries

We also got gooseberries but those were destined for the freezer. I cannot tell a lie though, when I talk about we here in terms of the jelly and jam making I really mean my mother and father-in-law. I didn’t do all that much to help, washed jars;

Jam jars drying on a rack

Jam jars drying on a rack

poked fruit around a bit, added my twopence worth when we had a problem with the sugar  – you get the idea.

Here’s the sugar warming on the hob!

The wrong way to warm sugar perhaps

The wrong way to warm sugar perhaps

And here’s the resultant caramelised sugar – YUM

Burnt sugar sweets

Burnt sugar sweets

Redcurrant juice dripping through cheesecloth

Redcurrant jelly drop by drop

Redcurrant jelly drop by drop

Raspberries all ready to be boiled down

Raspberries in a pan

Raspberries in a pan

Filling the jars

Ladling the jam into jars

Ladling the jam into jars

Summer in a jar

Raspberry jam ready to be given to friends

Raspberry jam ready to be given to friends

 

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