Home made preserves
I am very lucky to have a man who makes jam. we have enjoyed many different jams from blackcurrant to gooseberry made by his fair butch hands over the years.
one year we gave some strawberry jam to family as presents. I found a gorgeous tutorial by Amy from Lucy Kate Crafts for this felt strawberry pot cover so made a few up for our gifts. Amy has some great free tutorials on her blog as well as patterns for sale too so it's well worth a visit.
We coupled the pot of jam for my sister with the River cottage preserves book. Simple useful and edible. The kind of gifts we love : )
As strawberry jam is out of season now to make, it got me thinking. Perhaps some apple jam or apple sauce would be nice with the cover adapted and finished with tiny apples? Or maybe an apple chutney. This recipe from one of my new favourite blogs looks delicious. One year my OH made cranberry sauce to take over to family at christmas too, not sure if a cranberry would translate but if he wants to do this again maybe a plain hand written label and simple hessian fabric cover tied with twine would suffice?
Have you ever made or received preserves as a gift? I'd love to hear your preserve gift giving ideas