Calling All Preserve Makers!

Scouring the hedgerows for blackberries to make jam, or gathering up the last of the summer tomatoes from the greenhouse for chutney? Transform your jars of preserves into fabulous Christmas presents with our lovely personalised holly stickers. Add a seasonal cloth cap and you'll have presents far too pretty to wrap! Here's a sneak preview of our 'Handmade with Love' personalised Christmas stickers from our new Christmas Treats section, launching next month...

And here's my granddad's recipe for yummy Ripe Tomato Chutney (he never got the hang of metrics!)

  • 8 lb ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 lb onions, peeled and chopped
  • 3 oz salt
  • ½ oz cloves
  • ¾ tsp each cayenne pepper and ginger
  • 1 pint cider vinegar
  • 6 oz brown sugar

Put everything into a large pan and set it over a low heat. Cook the mixture, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, for about two hours, stirring more frequently as it thickens. Ladle the chutney into warm, sterilised jars to within ½ inch of their rims. Cover, seal and store in a cool, dry place.

Enjoy!

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