A taste of summer

This is the time of year when we start preserving those tastes of summer to enjoy when the days get colder. We are bottling tomatoes (25 large jars at the moment) which we use in cooking and I have made tomato soup and courgette soup. We are picking French beans daily and freezing them and this year we’re going to try bottling them too.

Tomato soup

We’ve not forgotten the fruit. The freezer’s full of cherries and there’s cherry jam on the shelves in the cave (cellar).Our neighbour’s apricot trees had a great crop this year and they invited us to take what we wanted – so some bottled for desserts and the rest made into jam.

peaches apricot harvest jam making

It is such a satisfying activity and a rich reward for our work in the potager. Figs are coming along nicely so fig jam soon.

2 thoughts on “A taste of summer

  1. Val Grey

    Just catching up with your blog Enid – the fruit/veg harvesting looks fantastic. You haven’t by any chance got a recipe for preserving beetroot other than using vinegar have you? By the way what are you bottling your french beans in?

    Val x

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