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Jam, Plant to Jar.

By LynneJoyce  
A documentary series here to give you an idea of the Nirvana Jam production process from plant to jar. Nirvana is the family property I have responsibility for and jam and chutney making is how I deal with the surfeit of fruit that the restored garden now produces. The photo of me stirring (no comments please, I mean stirring the jam) was taken by my husband GarrathE but the rest are mine. The work had to be done mainly outdoors as it was far too hot to work indoors. Fruits shown in the various images are figs, pomegranates, strawberries & assorted chillies (for my Mermelada Volcanica).

This trip we chinked our way down to Portsmouth then Bilbao to Calpe carrying 144 new, empty jars and lids, plus a brand new set of preserving kit. We arrived to find both fig trees, both pomegranate trees, all the strawberry plants and all the chilli plants absolutely loaded with fruit. I did as much as I could, stuffed the freezer and as we left, invited the neighbours to help themselves.

On the way back, because our ferry from Bilbao was cancelled, we chinked our way from Calpe right up to Calais, then Dover to Shipley carrying 60 full, large jars of jam plus several sample jars. 1,140 miles and not a jar broken!!!

Thank you for looking and I hope you enjoy the series.

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4 Oct 2012 3:14PM
Looks like a very good harvest and nothing wasted all preserved and documented nice work in more ways than one Lynne


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debu 8 India
4 Oct 2012 3:14PM
Superb set of images.
looks nice great set of photos.GrinGrinGrinGrin
An epic story of jams & preserves, plus an epic journey getting them home as well. I can almost smell the air as the fruit cooked on the stove.

mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
4 Oct 2012 3:32PM
I do like a jam roly poly Lynne or a Swiss Roll with the jam in it.Best if the wife could make it herself though as the ones she buys in the shops they must have put the jam on with a little paintbrush.I tried to unroll it once to layer more jam on it to suit my taste,but I ended up getting a sweeping brush to sweep the mess of the floor.Putting you own jam on it was harder than getting the toothpaste back into the tube I reckon.Not that I use toothpaste you understand as nowadays a little Steradent tablet in a glass with my teeth does the job.Perhaps that is why I have no teeth due to my love of jam Swiss rolls and roly poly's in the past.These teachers at school got it all wrong by telling me to stop smoking in the bike shed and stop taking a short cut through the girls gym hall on my way to the bike shed.They should have warned me of the dangers of my love of jam roly polys and Swiss rolls on my teeth.Just goes to show that a University education is not all that it is cracked up to be !!
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
4 Oct 2012 3:39PM
Looks very mouth watering Lynne, I do not think you have made enough for us all on EPZ though, never mind a jar of each please.

Great set of what is an art that is disappearing with ready made everything.


annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
4 Oct 2012 3:46PM
where can we place orders? a tantalizing series!
Had no holidays this year, I would have loved to do just that!!
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
4 Oct 2012 3:50PM
How busy you are! It all sounds and looks so delicious. Smile

Talking about chillis, anyone heard from ChiliMan lately? I know he was off on a holiday for a week or so but he's not been around for ages. I sent him a message but it hasn't been opened.

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
4 Oct 2012 3:55PM
Sounds like you had quite an expedition, Lynne! Wink A fine and interesting set of images here - like how the jars are all perfectly lined up in V11 Wink
Trev Smile
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 3:57PM
Take a cyber jar with my compliments - your choice is Mermelada Volcanica (chilli & lemon , fiercely hot) Fig & Lemon, Seville Orange Marmalade or Strawberry & Lemon.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 4:10PM
You have certainly got your very own 'Cottage Industry' set up quite magnificently by the looks Lynne. We had a gluten of Rhubarb, so an assortment of rhubarb compotes, jams and chutneys were eagerly produced.

Regards Nathan
SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 4:35PM
Great series and lovely images.
MoragM 8 1 Scotland
4 Oct 2012 4:39PM
Thoroughly enjoyed following the storyline through this set Lynne -
particularly like 1, 4, 11.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
4 Oct 2012 4:44PM
A very full documentation of the harvest and manufacturing process, Lynne: a very professional looking end product so full marks for both that and the photography.
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
4 Oct 2012 4:46PM
Wonderful array and I bet delicious jam too!

4 Oct 2012 4:50PM
Mouth watering episode, aptly named Nirvana. Is that U in V6? The pipe should have removed in V8. You must be knowing that a Fig is a natures wonder for its healing /rejuvenating properties & aptly endorsed in Ayurveda .Thanks for sharing.
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 4:56PM
The pipe in V8 is our automatic watering system. It cost a fortune and I'm not removing it for anyone, not even in an image!!!
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 4:58PM
Now come on Lynne, rather showing off there in V11!
that many...better come down again so I can try some more..pleaseGrin
A great series but what happened to the Portsmouth ones?
Hope to see those too
Glad it all turned out well in the end...strikers!!
9 10 10 England
4 Oct 2012 5:10PM
Like the line up in V11 Lynne but an excellent set. One could say "the fruits of your labour."Wink
HELANA 8 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 6:15PM
Have you ever try tomatoe or pepper jum Lynee?, is "delicioso".Very well done and the story is lovely.
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 6:20PM
Fabulous. An epic tale from start to finish: what a wonderful process.
You have succeeded in making me want to eat jam - I don't, usually - with the thought of Mermelada Volcanica - and in coaxing another shady episode or three out of mikbee, trying to persuade us that his lack of teeth is due to Jam Action whereas we all believe that it was from his habit of chewing iron bars. Or was it irn bru?
gwynn56 6 87 England
4 Oct 2012 6:37PM
now theres a jam outside your house people placing orders of your fine produce Smile
cabbie Plus
11 31 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 6:38PM
Yet again Lynne spot on you never let us down with your input well done indeed

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 6:43PM
What a feel-good set, from the tantalising hints of V1 to the final product.
Your account of the journey back made me laugh. We take part in our French twin-town's Christmas Market, and the main product that we take over is home-made marmalade - they can't get enough of it.
I remember years ago the car that I was in was pulled over at Dover for a drugs search. After the sniffer dogs had done their bit the Customs Officer asked to see in the boot.
I still remember the look on his face.
UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 7:38PM
nice series Lynne.

GarrathE 9 4 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 7:55PM
Lovely set! I get to consume it with you! It is Nirvana!

As a footnote, it wasn't just jars of jam that chinked the 1,400 miles the strike forced us to drive home.
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 7:58PM
FYI - Garrath is referring to the 51 bottles of gluten free beer we clinked back with as well as the jam. In Spain gluten free beer is about 60p per bottle whereas in ripoff Britain it is between £2.50 and £4.00 per bottle!
Billyray 10 70 3 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 8:30PM
An excellent set Lynne, and nice to see the fruits of your labours. I love the shot (V11) of all the jars on the garden wall.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 8:36PM
Wonderful story of the jam production, told through marvellous images
which make us long for a life like that!
Truth is we're too busy taking photos to preserve anything!
I do like like V11.4
What a journey for those preserves.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 10:01PM
Fabulous set you have been busy with a good harvest
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
4 Oct 2012 10:28PM
Story board excellence. Delicious, Lynne.

1881 6 India
5 Oct 2012 4:43AM

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5 Oct 2012 12:09PM
A very interesting storey and set of images Lynne.
I do like v2 I think the light makes that a cracking shot.

Thanks again for the mods on “Tudor Mansion II”…….. I have sent you a reply.

Tibetan 6 3 England
5 Oct 2012 1:12PM
Blimey I have three fig tree's and I'm the only one that like them apart from the wasps! I do bottle them in Whiskey lol. and they can last all year, I did think of trying my hand at chutney which I like, not starting a factory like yours though lol. a nice set very interesting, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
saltireblue Plus
8 8.1k 33 Norway
5 Oct 2012 3:56PM
An interesting and very well documented series, Lynne. I have to say you look somewhat wary in the careful, at arms reach manner you are stirring! Now I understand why you had to endure the Boulevard Peripherique!

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2012 4:37PM
Brilliant Lynne - just brilliant! It is a perfect documentary of excellent images of tree to jar and on. Your set has arrived just in time as I'm right in the middle of trying to make some membrillo for the first time! But fabulous work here - and thanks for sharing the process.
Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
5 Oct 2012 7:11PM
In a right jam!

PM me the recipe for Fig Jam as it sounds delicious.

Top work.

helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2012 10:18PM
What a wonderful illustrated story - you could almost make a book with the instructions and photos - I love v11 with them lined up on the wall SmileSmile
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
6 Oct 2012 7:40AM
A very interesting and varied set of images.

7 Oct 2012 8:29AM
A fabulous set ! Well done . Visited Calpe about 3/4 years ago!
7 Oct 2012 9:32AM
A wonderful set Lynne, and V15 deserves a slot of its own, brilliant!

John Smile
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
7 Oct 2012 1:52PM
Looks delicious a great set of images.

Thank you so very much for your award, I am honoured

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2012 9:23AM
really interesting ... thankyou!
I have some frozen chillies waiting for you . When do you want me to pop them up ?
9 Oct 2012 8:42AM
A wonderful documentry series Lynne. Looks mouth watering and delicious. Might not help my diabetes though Grin Grin Grin Grin
xwang 9 56 8
12 Oct 2012 3:15PM
That's more like it.. and it's what I'm looking forward to .. sorry for being late, messing about the losing file and club photos these days...
Excellent writing up..What are journey..Wonderful set of 'documentry'.. they are all beautifully taken. I especially love V3's warm colour.. beautiful and cosy. V7's colour is excellent as well. V8's light is great, with perfect border; V12's lay out is beutiful display; V15 what a fantastic job you've done. All of them are wonderfully done...
I think that Nirvana Jam Limited company needs a picture lable,Grin you are very good at turning photos into designs... use the origin fruits's photo sticks it on the jar, and tell people what you are eating is exactly from these fruits.. taken and made by you... put your little photo on it as well.. a very good and friendly PR.Wink
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2012 5:46AM
Lovely write up of you mediterranean adventure and a bumper crop over there by the looks of it!
The Fig jam looks scrumptious... In North London can only get it in a little Turkish shop. They get it delivered on Mondays, by Wednesday the shelf is empty...
In your lovely photos set today: V1 looks delicious (love fresh figs), V8 I loke the light on those chillies, V11 has a superb symmetry balance and V13 the ingredients lable (with amor) GrinGrinGrin - Excellent! IB
wenzu78 6 7 Malta
24 Dec 2012 8:10AM
Beautiful set here.


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