The changing seasons from Summer to Autumn brings with it an abundance of fruit/vegetables. A bountiful harvest years ago would ensure eating well through the hardship of winter. Whilst preserving food is not a necessity for most people these days, it is a wonderful addition to the winter store cupboard and a great delight for over the festive period.
My five on Friday this week, is my go to books at this time of year to make jams, chutneys and pickles.
Whilst a huge amount of recipes are available on the internet and written by celebrity chefs, I still like to peruse a book. I love looking at the pictures and the list of ingredients and reading some of the notes I have made from previous years.
My first book is one of my favourites for jam and some of the more unusual recipes that I make nearer to Christmas for a seasonal taste.
There is a wonderful recipe for cranberry jelly and rhubarb and ginger jelly perfect for spooning over a plain cake.
My second book is great go to book for my favourite green tomato chutney, a must to use the last of the tomatoes that just won't ripen.
There is also a lovely section on herbs which I have been experimenting with a little this year as we had such a rich crop.
Number three is the Women's Institute book which I find inspiring as it uses a lot of store cupboard ingredients and a couple of no cook chutneys that I am going to give a try.
Four is a book that I like to browse as it as traditional favourites alongside some of the more unusual.
The only drawback of this book is the lack of pictures, which I must admit I do enjoy looking at but instead there are some wonderful written methods for preserving and bottling.
Finally my last book is a A - Z book which I find useful, although it does lack pictures it has a wonderful guide for pectin content when jam making and a great end of season relish that uses up all the odds and ends from the garden, perfect for this time of year.
This was free with a gardening magazine and is one that I constantly flick though. I think that may be because of its size and the ease of reference due to the A - Z configuration.
Have you got a go to book or do you use the internet?
See you soon.
Amy over at Love Made My Home