Jam!

Good morning everyone,

So yesterday I made some jam! It was my first time and I was a bit nervous I would mess it up. Spoiler Alert : I didn’t

I went back to the grove to get the under-ripe plums, every recipe online said that they would be best.Ā I had no clue which ones were “good” or not so I just picked the ones that looked the nicest. Like no bruises or bumps.Ā I had to grab a couple more apples whilst I was here too because well, why not? On the way home I grabbed a handful of blackberries to add to the jam too.

First thing I did was wash the fruit. No bugs or mud! I had no idea where to start with making the jam, I read multiple recipes online but they were all kind of vague. I decided to just get stuck in. I filled a little saucepan a third of the way with cold water and put it to the side. I decided to leave the plum peel on and just cut them into quarters, removing the stones along the way. I put them into the water to keep from going brown and then cut half of an appleĀ into little squares and threw that in too. Not forgettingĀ my handful of blackberries,Ā they got thrown into the water too.

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Next I poured in someĀ granulated sugar,Ā I put in enough to cover the fruit, then whacked the heat on high, put a lid on and left it to steam forĀ 10 minutes.Ā When I came back it looked too wet, so I poured a little of the water out and addedĀ more sugar.Ā 

I then turned the heat full blast and began stirring it. I got worried because it didn’t seem thick enough so I just addedĀ even more sugar. It started to smell like a burning caramel apple so I turned the heat off and let it cool. I noticed that the sides of the pan were sticky red where the mix was clinging so I thought it was time to just stick it in a jar and see if it would set.

Well after a couple of hours, it was really thick and sticky and smeltĀ luush!Ā I tested it by having a jam sandwich, my first ever plum jam and I enjoyed it immensely.

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This is the Jam when I looked at it this morning, I led it on its side and it stuck to the jar. It’s very sticky, I think I usedĀ too much sugar but it’s still really tasty so never mind. Lesson learned for next time!

I want to try and make an chutney with the leftover apples I have, what do you guys think?

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Thanks for listening – D

 

 

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Apple & Blackberry Crumble

So first things first, I don’t use scales and I never weigh any of my ingredients.

I just find I cook better by using sight and feel of the raw ingredients.

What I used :

  • Plain Flour
  • White Granulated Sugar
  • 6 Ambrosia Apples
  • Cinnamon
  • Raspberry & Apple Tea bags (not actual tea)
  • Margarine – I had no butter in the fridge, butter is better ass the Marge makes it too fluffy. Still tasty just not as much crunch.

I found the apple tree about 9am. I was walking Lillie and Poppy and tripped over something on the ground. It was a lush green and red apple, I’d never seen one that was both colours at once.

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I picked it up and it looked okay, no maggot holes haha! I did the stupid thing and just bit it before googling it and got lucky. It was the sweetest apple I’ve ever tasted.

I saw a few more on the ground and put them in my pocket to take home for N and my dad but he wouldn’t try one. I googled it and let him know they were safe and he had the bright idea of making a pie! Then a crumble and then both, honestly he was bit excited by this time so I picked up my trusty bag for life and went out to get a few more.

I brought about 13 apples home, unlucky for some but not for me and immediately stuck them in the sink with some cold water. A bit of dirt don’t hurt but it doesn’t taste nice!

I filled a big saucepan a third of the way with water. Then began peeling and dicing the apples. I went slowly to give the water a chance to heat up.

In the water I used two raspberry and apple tea bags for extra flavour and colour along with three tablespoons of sugar and a big sprinkle of ground cinnamon. I was peeling and dicing for about 10 minutes and by that time, the apples were going mushy, so I drained out almost all of the water, removed the bags, turned the heat down. I then added a large handful of blackberries I picked the day before into the mixture.Ā 

I preheated the oven on 180 Celsius.

To make my crumble I used about a fifth of a tub of the new flora that is made from seeds. (It was all we had unfortunately) and then filled the bottom of a big bowl up with flour.Ā Not a mound of flour just a covering.Ā I then used my fingers to squish the butter and flour together, slowly adding more flour ’till it felt nice in my hands. I rolled it into a ball shape and then addedĀ two tablespoons of sugarĀ and mixed that in with my hands too. I squished until I couldn’t feel the grains anymore and then I sprinkled the top with cinnamon and mixed it in.

I then turned off the heat on the fillingĀ and spooned it into my baking dish. It was thick and smelt so yummy! With the pastry mixture I just rolled it out between my hands onto the mixture, if the crumbs were to big I just pinched them and placed them around until the whole thing was covered.Ā I sprinkled more sugar and cinnamon on top of the crumble before putting it in the oven.Ā 

After 30 minutes my crumble was brown and didn’t break when I poked it. It also smelt heavenly. I took it out of the oven and covered it (flies. ugh) to cool a bit before serving it up.

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N and I had a spoonful each with some shop bought Vanilla Custard that was warmed in the microwave.

He wouldn’t stop telling me how tasty it was and couldn’t believe I just went and picked the fruit up off the ground. That was when he suggested I start a blog to let people know what they can go out and do.

I’m a city girl who recently moved to a village on the outskirts of town and IĀ adoreĀ the woods behind our house!

As long as you leave enough fruit on the branches for wildlife and other people foraging is okay and it’sĀ free.

Thanks for listening – D x

 

First Post!

Hi Guys!

I know my first ever post probably won’t be seen by many but I would still like to introduce myself. My name is Dakota and I want to start a blog about the food I’ve been finding and cooking. I always knew people went out foraging but I thought it was just for berries and mushrooms and stuff. How wrong was I?

Honestly I haven’t been doing it for long, and I’m not a “professional” forager, I just pick the fruit and then make some puddings!

I’m lucky I discovered the Grove in summer when the fruit is just beginning to ripen. If it had been any other time of the year I’m guessing I would’ve just walked straight past.

The Grove as I’ve named it is small area in the middle of the woods near my house, I wouldn’t have known it was there if I hadn’t have tripped on an apple!

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There are two apple trees and about 5 plum trees. I can’t wait for them to ripen!

So far I have only made a blackberry pie and an apple and blackberry crumble. I am hoping to discover more fruit and then cook much more recipes!

Thanks for listening, x