I am trying not to make jam because a)I haven't got time and b)I still have a shelf full of last years jam. We just have to keep eating them - breakfast, snacks, lunchboxes and evening dessert everyday.
I also picked blackcurrants and redcurrants but I froze these ones for winter pavlovas. I cooked up the rhubarb with a drop of rosewater and froze that for crumble too. Yum!
Talking of crumble... here are my top tips:
1. Get children to do it, they make good crumble with their little fingers.
2. Always make twice the recipe. Why dirty a bowl and your hands again another day?
3. Bag up the crumble and freeze it in portions suitable for the dish you normally use. I have cooking notes in my book.
4. Use butter and leave some big chunks to go 'biscuity'
Next up to help with the fruit glut my neighbour lent me her ice cream maker - oh my it was divine.
I used 4 egg yolks so I made meringues with the whites.
Did I say I didn't have enough time to make jam?? now I have just made all of this!Oh well at least everyone is scoffing strawberries with ease now.
Finally in my food news, my nextdoor neighbour gave us the most amazing gift to say thank you for being so understanding while they have had builders for the last 6 weeks (we share a drive you see) Flowers, wine, cheese, sun dried tomatoes, olives and crackers.
Get crumbling folks. Jo xxx