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Jams, Pickles and Chutneys: Best Kept Secrets of the Women's Institute [Paperback]

Midge Thomas
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2 Sep 2002 Best Kept Secrets of the Women's Institute
The Women's Institute has a reputation for traditional home cooking that is second to none in the UK. The Best Kept Secrets is a series of cookbooks written by women who know all about cooking, homes and families from personal experience. They learnt to cook from their mothers and grandmothers, from family friends and from each other. They don't have to re-discover the British tradition of cooking because they never lost touch with it in the first place. The members of the Women's Institute are, without a doubt, the experts on home jam- and preserve-making in this country. Few things conjure up the pleasures of hearth and home so vividly as a shelf of home-made preserves. Making jams, pickles and chutneys is one of the most satisfying parts of cooking. Their colours, textures and flavours evoke the past seasons of the year like nothing else. Jams, Pickles & Chutneys is packed with help and advice. There are clear explanations of the process and tips on how to prepare your fruit and vegetables most efficiently. The book covers Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, as well as a section on all-the-year-round jams and pickles. There are plenty of traditional preserves, the very names of which conjure up the British countryside: Rowan Berry and Apple Jelly, Blackberry and Sloe Jelly and Hedgerow Jam. In addition there are some really exciting newcomers, such as Rhubarb and Fig Jam, Nectarine Chutney, Cinnamon Grape Pickle, Pumpkin Marmalade and Pineapple and Mango Jam.

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (2 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743221133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743221139
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 21.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Midge Thomas was very much influenced by her mother's love of cooking and of all things to do with the Women's Institute. She has been a WI Member since the age of 16 and is now a member of Nettleton and Moortown WI in Lincolnshire. She became involved with WI Markets (which sell members' cakes, preserves and other produce) in 1975, and from 1991 to 1995 she was the National WI Markets Chairman. Midge teaches occasionally at Denman College, the Women's Institute college and makes preserves for the WI Markets. She helped edit A Taste of WI Markets which was compiled to celebrate 75 years of WI Markets and a millennium cookbook for her WI Federation. Midge is married to Roy. They have two sons and three grand-daughters.

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best preserving book yet. 26 Sep 2002
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Great book with loads of unusual recipes,easy to follow and the stories that go with each recipe are pleasure to read even if you dont make preserves.Tried some already and they work beautifully . Well written and simple instructions with a good chapter and how to do it and why it works for the beginners.This would be a good time of year to use it and make preserves for Christmas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 23 Aug 2004
I really love this book. I have bought this together with that of Mr Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's (River Cottage Cookbook) and have prepared masses of jars that I'll be giving out as Xmas presents, this year. The recipes are very well written and easy to follow. Summer here in Italy, is generous of fresh fruits and vegetables that it is so easy to gather all you need and prepare the chutneys and/or preserves as outlined in the book; the money you save when you prepare your own pickles and the excellent taste that they have is a reward to the time spent removing frost and filling in jars.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful 9 Feb 2007
By online
As a complete novice when it comes to jams and preserving I have found this book a very useful introduction. There is plenty of information on equipment, ingredients and techniques before commencing. I am sure this is a book I will keep returning to throughout the year. I would have thought it would also be fairly useful for those with more preserving experience - the recipes are all, I believe, from WI members so will have had plenty of testing before being added to the book. Not possibly the most adventurous combinations, but more than adequate for a beginner like me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant chutneys & jams 13 Oct 2008
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this is a great book to have on the shelf when the urge to be a domestic goddess hits you, or perhaps you have a ton of spare fruit or veg and don't want it to go to waste. The book is organised seasonally so there is always something to look at and you can enjoy making preserves all year round. I have tried a few of the recipies and am hooked already. The simple mincement is really that - simple but very tasty! Also has good advice on the basics of jam making and what kit you need. Well worth the money.
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This is a slightly old-fashioned book however it is my favourite preserves book, The recipes are easy to follow and are sectioned in seasons so you can concentrate on what you can make now with fruit and veg available this season. The pictures are a good representation of what the jam, spread etc will look like. I have used so many of these recipes, alot I will be giving away for christmas presents.
This is my favourite purchase for 2013- must have book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best Kept Secrets of the WI 21 Aug 2010
Great little booklet. Quite surprised by price considering cost new, however arrived promptly and is new condition. A good addition to the kitchen.
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