A Year in a Bottle is a collection of over 100 recipes for making your own preserves and conserves - jellies, jams, chutneys, pickles, drinks, fruits pastes, sauces and vinegars.
The book begins with a section on practical tips and advice covering topics like sterilising jars and bottles, pectin, and testing jams and jellies for set. Included here are a few recipes for sugar free jam.
The two main sections of the book. One is focused on jams, jellies, maramaldes and conserves. The other chutneys, relishes, pickles, sauces and vinegars.
A useful troubleshooting section follows.
There are also short sections on freezing and bottling. Near the end of there is a selection of favourite recipes including soup, curry paste, potted meat, rhubarb cake and fruit shortbread.
The recipes in the book are well laid out, with clear instructions. I've made several of these recipes with great results - including Homemade Lemonade, Apricot Chutney and Onion Marmalade. As well as the usual recipes covering stonefruit, berries and the like you'll find recipes for pickled walnuts, sloe cheese and rosehip syrup. I'm planning to make the intriguing sounding Tomato Jam soon!
If you're interested in preserving - either as a beginner or as an experienced bottler looking for new inspiration - A Year in a Bottle is definitely worth a look.
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