The cupboard was bare...

11 December, 2014

Well, almost.

In November I decided my preserves shelves needed a clean out, and so vowed to eat my way through my stock of preserved fruit, veg, jams and chutneys ready for restocking in 2015.

I kind of achieved bare shelves. Or at least shelves that are much less full.


Just look at all that space. You can even see the wall!

The top shelf now only contains two jars of fig chutney (I did a chicken bake style dish served with cous cous that bears repeating, this time with lamb), a jar of pickled cherries that will match nicely with the waiting pate in the fridge within the coming week, and the jars of strawberry sauce that I still haven't opened. I will before the end of the year, I promise.

The bottom shelf has a few jars of peaches and cherries, but the apple is all gone. There is still some jars of blackberry jam as well. It just goes to show I can't force myself into eating preserved fruit when there are fresh raspberries to be had. So I'm cutting myself some slack on this. I'll eat them when I eat them.

Now the cupboard that houses all my preserving jars is looking full again. I can't wait to get to start preserving the coming season. Bottled apricots will be first on the list, I think.

8 comments:

  1. I always have trouble using my preserved fruit up too. Well not all of it, but the jams take a while and I make too much.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Good to hear I'm not the only one with a jam surplus. :) I think my problem is that I am so nostalgic about jam making. I will try and not make the same mistake this year.

      Delete
  2. I tend to be all or nothing with preserves, either I (or the kids) love them and we run out or they are mediocre and they sit at the back of the cupboard for eons. As a result I currently has 13 jars of a very mundane 'madras' (there aint a lot Indian about it) chutney from 2011 sitting in a tub and a lot of empty Fowlers jars looking at me accusingly. Must get to the market to buy peaches.....

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes. I feel your pain. Mmm, peaches. I'm planning on a buying big bag of apricots to make bottled apricots. Funny that I love bottled apricots but don't really like fresh ones.

      Delete
  3. well done! it is such a great feeling to see space in a pantry, to eat things down! especially in such inventive ways. and before the next crop is ready to harvest :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Cheers!Yes, I have a rule of not preserving peaches until I've eaten all the previous years' peach preserves. Lucky they are late peaches and won't be ready until around easter!

      Delete
  4. I admire your cleaning out your preserve pantry moment. It is hard to get around to doing this and you have done so before Christmas. This must mean you plan to preserve a whole lot more over summer. Merry Christmas! xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Cheers! Yes, I'm a bit of a glutton for punishment, given I have cleaned out the cupboards/shelves to only fill them up again. Merry Christmas to you too!

      Delete