I needed some more lemons as I have elderflower cordial on the go and also have some Elderflower Champagne to get started. So I nipped round the shop to get some lemons and came back without them. I was not paying 40 pence per lemon. They would have to be gold plated before I pay that! Daylight robbery. That was the Co-Op.
So I went to our market today in town and got 10 large lemons for 20 pence each £2 for the lot. I nipped into Waitrose for a browse on the way back as I like this shop and to get the latest recipe cards and evey they were only charging 20 pence per lemon. Come on Co-Op its about time you got your act together.
I Will get some more lemons at the end of the week as I also want to make some Apple and Lemon Curd too. I am starting to gear up to get some precious preserves put up for the winter months. Judging by the holly berries on my bush in the garden its going to be another hard winter, so the more I have put up the better, and besides now I have the preserved peel recipe it will be very satisfying using up as much as I can without having to throw anything away. I can also see the peel being very useful as a filling for apple dumplings as well
I nearly always keep lemons in as they are very handy for bunging in the whites wash as this bleaches cottons and also gives them a lovely fragrance, and also dipped in salt to clean copper or brass to get the really heavy tarnish off.
The best part of today though was I found my gooseberries so will be topping up and topping and tailing at the end of the week for some jam and the freezer. I also want some apricots too.
And I have found some more preserving jars which I had forgotten I had got so they will be turfed out this weekend and hopefully will be able to get some bottled fruit put up.
I am after bottling the following for the winter months:
Hedgepick Pie filling
Red Mixed Fruit Salad
White Mixed Fruit Salad
Pears in Saffron
Pears in Red Wine
That's just for starters, even if I only do a couple of jars a week it will be better than nothing (and will be easier on the purse) and home bottled preserves are full of flavour and don't have any nasties in them; and won't cost me anything but the initial outlay for the jars - some of which I already have, but the beauty is you only pay out the once.
Lots to do and so little time to do it.
At least I found my goosegogs
Catch you soon