Monday, 19 July 2010

The Put Down 2010

Just a list of some of the things I have "Put Down" in the Pantry
For the Winter Pantry and for Christmas and some ideas and outlines
of what I would like to make - money allowing
And what has been completed to date

Items completed for this year's pantry, predominantly for Christmas are:-

For the Pantry and Cellar (Not that I have a Cellar but metaphorically speaking)

Bottled Fruit in Syrup
  1. 12 Bottles of "Stella" Cherries bottled in Syrup [completed]
  2. Bottled Mixed Fruit Salad /Compote- Red Fruits[completed]
  3. Bottled Mixed Fruit Salad - White Fruits
  4. Bottled Black Cherries
  5. Bottled Strawberries
  6. Bottled Apricots
  7. Bottled Peaches
  8. Bottled Pears [completed]
  9. Bottled Apples [completed]
  10. Bottled Pineapple
  11. Bottled Blueberries
  12. Bottled Wild Plums
  13. Bottled Blackberries [4 jars so far]
  14. Bottled Hedgepick fruits
  15. Bottled Raspberries
Fruits in Spirit

  1. Rumptopf So far Cherries, Blueberries, Wild Cherry Plums, Redcurrants(WIP)
  2. 1 Large Preserving Jar of Cherry Brandy [completed]
  3. Apricot Brandy [completed]
  4. Toffee Vodka [completed]
  5. Lemoncello
  6. Dried Apricot Liqueur
  7. Fruits of the Forest Vodka
  8. Fruits of the Forest Rum
  9. Wild Plum Vodka [completed]
  10. Apple and Blackberry Gin [completed]
  11. Wild Cherry Vodka [completed]
  12. Folie of Fall fruits (Batchelors Brandy) - eat the fruits drink the spirit (soaked in brandy)
  13. Bramble Whisky (this is nice doesn't taste like whisky at all but is very warming)
  14. Quince Vodka
Cordials/Syrup/Other Drinks
  1. 18 Bottles of Elderflower Cordial [completed]
  2. 4 bottles Strawberry Syrup [completed]
  3. Gingerette Syrup
  4. Citrodone Syrup
  5. Mint Syrup
  6. Wild Plum Cordial [done - 3 bottles]
  7. Lemon Squash
  8. Orange Squash
  9. Lavender Syrup

Christmas Cake

Three Christmas Puddings

Plum Bread

Alcoholic Drinks
  1. 18 Bottles of Elderflower Fizz (Elderflower Champagne)[completed]
  2. Apple Pop
  3. Ginger Beer
  4. Lager
  5. Cider
  6. Bitter
  7. Stout
  1. Orange Wine
  2. Plum Wine
  3. Dried Elderflower Wine
  4. Lemon Wine
  5. Grapefruit Wine
  6. Ginger Wine
  7. Green Ginger Wine

Jams and Preserves
  1. Home Made Mincemeat [completed]
  2. Rose Petal Conserve 5 jars [completed]
  3. Apricot Jam [completed 8lb so far]
  4. Strawberry Jam [10lb so far. ]
  5. Whole Cherry Jam [4lb so far]
  6. Wild Plum preserve[4 lb]
  7. Raspberry and Apple Jam
  8. Blueberry jam
  9. Grapefruit Jelly
  10. Tangerine Jelly
  11. Orange Jelly
  12. Lemon Jelly
  13. Lemon Marmalade
  14. Orange Marmalade
  15. Grapefruit Marmalade
  16. Crab Apple Jelly
  17. Bramble and Apple Jelly
  18. Elderberry Jelly
  19. Haw Jelly
  20. Rosehip Jelly
  21. Rowan Jelly
  22. Apricot and Amaretti jam [3 jars]
  23. Pomegranate Jelly
  24. Home made mixed peel [started]
  25. Candied Grapefruit peel
  26. Candied Orange peel
  27. Lavender jelly
  28. Sweet Geranium jelly (rose)
  29. Whitecurrant and Nectarine jelly
  30. Blackberry and apple jam 4 jars [completed]
  31. Wild Cherry Plum Preserve batch 2
  32. Wild Cherry Plum jelly.
  33. Grape Jam [3 jars]
  34. Apricot and Amaretto Conserve [3 jars]
  1. Elderflower Curd [completed]
  2. Orange Curd [completed]
  3. Lemon Curd [completed]
  4. Ginger Curd
  5. Tangerine Curd
  6. Grapefruit Curd
  7. Lime Curd
  8. Wild Fruits Curd

Dried Goods
  1. Rose Leaf Tea [completed]
  2. 1 Large Preserving jar half way full of dried sage [still filling but nearly to the top]
  3. 1 Large Preserving jar of Home Dried Apples [completed and part filled jar]
  4. Zahter Seasoning to give as part of Christmas hampers
  1. 1 Large Preserving jar of Sage Oil. [completed]

  1. Wild Plum Vinegar
  2. Lime Vinegar
  3. Mint Vinegar
  4. Raspberry vinegar
  5. Strawberry vinegar
  6. Blueberry vinegar
  7. Elderberry vinegar
  8. Bramble vinegar
  9. Tarragon Vinegar

  1. 5 Jars Bumble Bee Honey Beer Mustard [completed]
  2. 5 jars Cider Wholegrain mustard
Other Preserves
  1. Tomato Passata 7 jars completed so far
  2. Fruit Coulis: Blueberry, Strawberry, Blackberry, Redcurrant
Dried Goods

  1. Dried Elderflowers [completed]
  2. Dried Rose Petals [completed]
  3. Dried Mint [completed]
  4. Home Made Sage Stuffing
  5. Home Made Thyme Stuffing
  1. Pickled Cucumber [completed 5 jars]
  2. Spiced Cherry Pickle
  3. Pickled beetroot [3 jars completed]
  4. Cherry Tomatoes semi dried and stored in Oil
  5. Pickled Gherkins 2 large jars [completed]
  6. Piccallili [17 jars] 
  7. Pickled Onions completed
  8. Pickled Shallots completed
  9. Pickled Orange Slices completed


  1. Beetroot and Ginger Chutney
  2. Green Tomato Chutney
  3. Apple Chutney

  1.  Onion and Garlic Marmalade

For the Freezer
  1. 2 Punnets of Cherry Plum Tomatoes. [completed]
  2. 22lb Cherries (Stella) [completed]
  3. Home Made Basil Pesto
  4. Home Made Walnut Pesto
  5. Wine Cubes for adding to casseroles

Dried Flowers/Materials to Collect for decorating

  1. Fir Cones
  2. Flower heads (for pot pourri)
  3. Dried Orange and Lemon peels
  4. Dried Orange and Lemon slices
  5. Dried Angelica Seed Heads (If allowed to dry naturally and then painted in silver gold or white these seed heads can look absolutely stunning as a table or side decoration during the winter months.
  6. Bunches of Everlasting flowers to be made into garlands
  7. Bunches of Statice

Meat Products

  1. Salami
  2. Bacon
  3. Ham

  1. Potted shrimp
  2. Potted prawn 
If I can get hold of some Quince would like to make:

  1. Quince jelly
  2. Quince in vanilla syrup
  3. Spiced Quince


  1. That is quite a list! You are certainly going to be having a good Christmas:)

  2. That's the intention and to prove you can eat well with a bit of careful planning, and making time to do things. My Nan did things this way, a little every so often, but she had the land and the vegetable plots orchards etc. what I aspire to, but you can still do it without. I actually enjoy doing thing like this - it a pleasure rather than a chore.

    Take care



  3. Everthing looks delicious - you've inspired me start bottled fruits - I make lots of jams and wines, but never tried this - well done and thank you! xx

  4. Hi Jayne

    There is a forum called Creative Living that I joined (there is a link through Unbought Delicacies (Its Sarah's blog)- I hadn't done bottling until I was encouraged to have a go via these ladies. If you have never done bottling before it is a good place to start for the basic instructions. Please bear in mind though that bottling vegetables is not advised in this country. Hope this helps or if you have any other questions please don't hesitate to ask.

    Take care



  5. Wow you are a woman after my own heart! I love jams, wines, and I'm dying to figure out how to make a homemade syrup. I don't suppose you would be willing to share your strawberry syrup recipe? I'm liking this blog big time.


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