Thursday, 1 January 2015

Things to do January 2015

 A Check list for all those items I would like to make.  In reality we cannot make the lot, but what I make varies from year to year apart from a few core items.  I know I make a lot but having home preserves on the shelf and a stocked freezer gives me some security that no matter what there is always something to feed on and there is always a meal to be had no matter how simple or how complicated.

This really is just an aide memoire so I do not miss anything and it also makes use of ingredients to be had out of season but too good a bargain to miss and will be added to as I go along.

  • Bottled Rhubarb in Syrup
  • Rhubarb Champagne
  • Rhubarb Cordial 
  • Rhubarb Wine 
  • Rhubarb Schnapps
  • Streaky Bacon
  • Honey Smoked steaky bacon 
  • Salami
  • Pastrami
  • Rillettes
  • Potted Shrimps
  • bresaola
  • Potted Beef
  • Potted Chicken
  • Seville Orange Marmalade
  • Vin d' Orange 
  • Salted Lemons
  • Grapefruit Cordial
  • Star Anise Jelly
  • Passion Fruit Jelly
  • Passion Fruit Curd
  • Rhubarb Rose and Crdamom Jam
  • Purple Fig and Pomegranate jam
  • Pink Grapefruit Marmlde
  • blood orange curd

  • Freeze a couple of batches of whole Seville Oranges for making Marmalade later in the year. 
  • Seville|Orange Curd
  • Start the first of two wine kits to be bought each month in order to put down a wine supply for Christmas 2015 and also for general entertaining. Each kit produces approximately four bottles.  I have Elderflower to start with, but intend to buy a couple of kits per month to give a basic house supply and then will add home made country wines to the list as seasonal fruit becomes available.

  • Buy a beer kit on a similar basis (probably once every couple of months or so) to start with. 

  • Order some Hop Vines for the garden to grow own hops, harvest and then can start experimenting with some of the older beer recipes I have.

  • Making wines from fresh fruit too acquired from the Green Grocers

  • Cider?

  • Apple juice
  • Perry

  • Make soups and that not eaten frozen for a rainy day
  •  Freezing any fruit that cannot be used straight away due to time constraints and then making the preserve when time is at a premium.
  •  Using up veggies that are past their best by date to create vegetable stock and/or gravy.  Both can be used as the basis of soups/gravies and it is criminal not to make use of those commodities available to us.


  1. Fuggle is a good beer hop. I got mine from Poyntzfield Herb Nursery. They will either sulk for 6-12 months or go like the clappers so be prepared with restricting roots and large hop cages. Don't forget hops isn't all about beer, they are a bitter for digestion, a sleep aid and you can eat the young shoots like aspargus. Hops and hop products should not be used by people prone to depression and men with underactive male hormones. If you want a root for free come to my March workshop and dig one up.

  2. Thank you Sarah. I would love at some point to attend one of your workshops will have to see what can do. Thank you for the offer. Hope you are keeping well. Tricia xx


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