Homemade Preserves Make A Comeback

Posted on: 20 January 2009 by Gareth Hargreaves

The economic downturn has brought about a revival in home jam and chutney making.

Jars of homemade jams and chutneys need not be just for home consumption but make thoughtful, economical and delicious gifts.

Here are two very low-cost and easy recipes that are sure to be appreciated.

Citrus Marmalade


5 jars.


- 6 oranges, grapefruits or lemons.

- 1 kg sugar.


1. Take the 6 citrus fruits and wash well, removing any blemishes.

2. Cut into quarters, and place in a food processor.

3. Chop until finely ground, skin and all.

4. For an optional extra add some crystallized ginger.

5. Boil with the 1kg of sugar, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, for 20 minutes. It splatters, so be careful.

6. Allow to cool and place in a jar with a tight fitting lid before refrigerating.  

Rhubarb Chutney

Rhubarb ChutneyMakes: 1 Jar.


- 500g rhubarb.

- 1 medium onion, finely chopped.

- 100ml cider vinegar or white wine vinegar.

- 1cm piece fresh ginger, finely chopped.

- 200g sugar.

- 1/2 tsp salt.


1. Trim and wash the rhubarb, then slice it, like celery, into fairly fine chunks.

2. Heat the onion, vinegar, ginger, sugar and salt in a wide-based non-aluminum pan.

3. Bring to a rolling boil for about 5 minutes, then add the rhubarb.

4. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, until slightly thickened.

5. Put the chutney into a 500ml sterilised jar, still hot, at this point and allow to cool.

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Finish your jars with a label you have made yourself or source beautifully designed labels from Countryside Direct where you will also find fantastic recipes for preserves.

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