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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