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Food gifts in jars!

Discussion in 'Cookery' started by scobberlotcher, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. Hi
    I had been planning on making some jam over the summer, but due to financial problems, the price of fruit, and lack of time, I haven't got round to it. I have, however, amassed a huge collection of empty jars ready for the task. I'm thinking that instead I might make something savoury (maybe red onion chutney or similar - I'm open to suggesitons) to give as little gifts for Christmas.
    I just wondered whether anyone has any ideas / experiences they could share? I've come across a couple of recipes but they generally don't give advice on whether it would be suitable for jarring, or how long it would last etc. (I don't want to make anyone ill!) Any help and advice would be appreciated.
    Thanks - scobberlotcher x
     
  2. Hi
    I had been planning on making some jam over the summer, but due to financial problems, the price of fruit, and lack of time, I haven't got round to it. I have, however, amassed a huge collection of empty jars ready for the task. I'm thinking that instead I might make something savoury (maybe red onion chutney or similar - I'm open to suggesitons) to give as little gifts for Christmas.
    I just wondered whether anyone has any ideas / experiences they could share? I've come across a couple of recipes but they generally don't give advice on whether it would be suitable for jarring, or how long it would last etc. (I don't want to make anyone ill!) Any help and advice would be appreciated.
    Thanks - scobberlotcher x
     
  3. egyptgirl

    egyptgirl Senior commenter

    You can preserve things like chillies in oil which are great to use in cooking and do last a fair time. As well as using the chillies, ir produces a great oil to dip breads into or to use in cooking.
    I think a chutney would be ideal for Christmas time to go with cheeses and cold cuts of meat. Mary Berry's recipe is very good and a lot of the ingredients are in season at the moment!
    http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1158/mary-berrys-christmas-chutney
    There are some more links to ones I keep meaning to try but have yet to get round to...
    http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2775/lauras-fruity-chutney-
    http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/68614/spiced-beetroot-and-orange-chutney
    http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/12396/spicy-plum-and-apple-chutney

     
  4. Wow these look fantastic, thanks! I think I'll give the top one a trial run soon (seeing as you should leave it a month before eating) and then make them in Nov for xmas gifts. Thanks!
     
  5. egyptgirl

    egyptgirl Senior commenter

    No problem! Just make sure you sterilise the jars properly! xxx
     
  6. Blackberries, sloes, plums, apples and crabapples are all to be found in fields and hedgerows at the moment - all free! Some households put apples out with a 'help yourself' sign. That would certainly reduce the cost. Bootsales can be good....I got 2 bags of cooking apples for a quid.
    You could also try chatting up anyone with an allotment, sometimes they have surpluses and will cheerfully give you onions or whatever. If you do as I do and go to the markets just as they are packing up, you can often get produce that is a bit battered (but perfectly good for chutneys etc) but very much cheaper.
    Next week I will scour the hedgerows for crabapples and start a big batch of herb jellies - all I have to buy is the sugar.

     
  7. PlymouthMaid

    PlymouthMaid Occasional commenter

    Onion marmalade went down well a few years ago.
     
  8. Bethannie

    Bethannie New commenter

    Mum grows tomatoes, and this year has a bit of a problem with them ripening...I'm clamouring for a few jars of her rather special green tomato and apple chutney!
    I'm planning on making some microwave lime-curd as gifts...I got the recipe from this forum and it is luscious!

     
  9. Something different, but good for presents if you know kids - or anyone really - cookies in a jar. You pile all the ingredients apart from wet ones like butter, eggs in the jar, then put a lovely label on the jar saying how to make it and what extras you need. Something similar to this: http://familycrafts.about.com/cs/giftsinajar/a/122099a.htm
     
  10. Thanks for the replies everyone, some great ideas! The 'cookies in a jar' idea is fab, I think I'll try that too. Thanks again x
     
  11. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    I like the idea of a "Mix this with X and Y, put it in a Z and bake for 35 minutes at gas mark 4" jar... so they don't even know what they're getting!
     

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