We’ve been enjoying our fruit harvest over the last few weeks
and yes, the wonderful thing about it is all these luxurious fruits are free!
The small initial cost of buying the plants is minimal compared to the amount of fruit you get each year. So if you have to, or are choosing to live a frugal life these lovely plants are a must for your garden 🙂
I am beginning to think that I need to do something with the fruit I have in the freezer, to make room for this years potential fruit harvest. I know it seems a long way off but it’s good to be prepared.
I have quite a lot of jam recipes but I do like to have a look at the internet to see if there are any new Ideas. This is where I found gooseberry and bay leaf jam
My crop, as you may have see when I harvested them last summer are dessert gooseberries, which are purple rather than green and are a teeny bit sweeter.
In the recipe it says to top and tail them before making the jam, which I did, but I wonder if that is really neccessary.
The sugar is added with the gooseberries and bay leaves, melted and bought to the boil.
Here’s my finished jam.
It is honestly delicious, so I’ll be making more 🙂
I had some helpers join me to finish gooseberry picking last week.
We filled another big bowl.
Total gooseberries from my four bushes was an incredible 8 3/4 lbs!
Now what wonderful things shall I make with them 🙂
I’ve harvested my gooseberries, it turns out it’s quite a big job…
….and they are very spiky!
An amazing harvest of gooseberries this year 🙂