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As autumn descends the hedgerows become full of wild berries.  A valuable source of winter food for birds, why not harvest a few hawthorn berries and have a go at making this old fashioned jelly.

Find a crop of berries that appear juicy and are nice and ripe.  Three pounds of berries will make around two jars of jelly.


3 lb hawthorn berries
Sugar – 1 lb of sugar per pint of liquid
Juice of 1 lemon


Take the berries, remove all the stems and wash

Put in a pan, cover with water and bring to the boil

Simmer for around an hour and mash the berries part way through

Strain the mixture through some muslin

Take 1 lb of sugar per pint of juice and put in a heavy saucepan

Add the juice of a lemon to the sugar

Add the strained hawthorn juice

Bring to the boil and stir well to dissolve the sugar

After a few minutes add a teaspoon of the mixture to a saucer and allow to cool.  With a knife cut across the mixture and if a thin skin has formed the jelly is ready

Pour the mixture into sterilised jars and seal securely with lids.


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The blackberries seem plentiful and quite early this year, so I thought it was time to dig out the jam jars and put my own little bit of autumn in a jar.  This recipe is tried and tested and easy to do.  You will get around 3 jars of juicy jam at the end, so thats enough for you plus a present for someone dear if you’re feeling generous.

•500g blackberries
•500g jam sugar
•Juice of half a lemon


•Chill a saucer or plate
•Wash all the blackberries and allow to drain
•Put the sugar, lemon juice and blackberries into a large saucepan and stir round a couple of times
•Dissolve the sugar over a low heat
•Bring to the boil and boil gently until the jam reaches setting point
•To test for this recipe, take a teaspoon of jam and place it on the chilled saucer. Leave for a minute and then push it with a teaspoon. If it creases on the surface its ready
•Cool the jam a little before putting into jars.
•Ideally the jars should be warm when the jam is added.
•Seal tightly and look forward to enjoying through the winter months

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