Originally Posted by sattie
Spiced Pumpkin Butter!!!
Ooooooooooooooooooh that sounds good, I have never had it, do you have a recipe, and how does it store???
Ishbel is right, Jam making is not popular with young cooks in UK. I am 27 and am the only one of all my foody friends who really makes jam, they say they don't see why when there are so many good and affordable brands readily available. But I notice they all ask for jars of mine LOL.
I find it theraputic and satisfying to make jams and jellys. In fact, here is an embarrasing admission, sometimes when I am a bit low I open my jam cupboard and some how the rows of jewel bright jars make me feel calm and in control. I love jellies because of the way they look (In UK jellys are clear and seived, jams are fruit preserves) but I like making both.
I like to make a wide variety. Last summer peach and raspberry was a big hit. I particularly likes a tart golden plum jam because I found the tree in a hedgerow and that satisfies the scavenger in me! I have else where on this board eulogised about my friend's mother's blackberry and apple jam, a formative taste for me, and I really want to crack a really good hedgerow jelly this summer.
I love rose jam, which I buy cheaply at Turkish delis and marmalades, but mine is less good and gutsy than I would like, my sisters is rich and treacly dark, mine is lighter and whiskey laden, its nice to have the two in my cupboard.
I hate damson jam, but make it in memory of my mother in law who loved it, and the same woman has her ashes scattered under a mulberry tree so we visit late summer and get buckets of the fruit (that other wise rots uneaten on the ground) and jam that.