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Jill Nice's Preserves are more than nice - they are mouth-watering!
on 22 August 2011
Having made our first jam last year (a pretty good plum jam and a mediocre pear jam), we knew that we needed some guidance to help us improve our skills and our final product!
This year, with this book in hand, I feel much better able to understand the differences between different kinds of preserves, the process of making them, the utensils I require and the basic ingredients that I should use, but also the variations I can make to the core recipes to adjust them to my own personal taste or simply to try something new.
The book itself is presented in a beautiful small hardback format, with lavender-coloured pages and green and purple text and illustrations. There is a plentiful introduction, providing you with all the information that you require as a beginner or for the more experienced.
The rest of the book is primarily split between vegetables and fruits, with a small section at the end on herbs and within each of these sections, the recipes are ordered alphabetically by vegetable, fruit or herb.
Personally, before I had read many of the recipes, I had been fairly confident that I would focus on the fruit and not so much on the vegetables, mainly with the thought in mind that I don't eat very much chutney. There are chutney recipes aplenty, but having said that there is a good deal more to the vegetable section. I have been inspired to make some onion relish, which is just amazing for the barbeque season and I also hope to make some mushroom ketchup soon. There are interesting vinegars (celery vinegar anyone?), which you can then use to make unusual salad dressings and my favourite of the moment, the wonderfully named Red Tomato Honey! The names of many are enough to excite anyone's taste buds and they certainly spur me on to sterilizing some more jars (as detailed in depth in the introduction!)
This really is great for beginners and the more experienced alike. Go forth and preserve with confidence!