Wednesday, February 06, 2013


When the fruit trees all became ripe at the same time, there is only so much eating you can do before alternatives need to be sought.

The attempts to stay on top of the fruit load would have seen us (and our neighbours and friends) looking like plums or nectarines. We just couldn't keep up.

So, my dear sweet husband got busy. First he started with the beetroot. Then the plums. And nectarines.

There was plum jam, stewed plums, cold-packed plums. Plums with rhubarb. Then nectarines in syrup.

And as he preserved, we were madly picking more fruit until there was no bench space for anything other than beautiful red preserves.

Most are labelled now, and put away until eating time. It was a little crazy there for a while. But now we are satisfied in knowing that nothing was wasted, there is plenty of lovely food in our pantry, and we (and others) can enjoy stone fruits and beetroot for the rest of the year.

Do you preserve your garden produce?