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Hedgerow Jam
Sun 27-Sep-09
8:29 pm
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Juwesm

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How do you know when haws are ripe? I gathered some today, along with hips, sloes, brambles and elderberries, but the haws are really hard. Do they soften when ripe or are they ready to use as they are?

I too am short of rowan berries and crab apples! These seem to be the most difficult to track down. Bramleys and extra sloes will have to do for me!

Mon 28-Sep-09
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Hi Juwesm

If you are about to make the Hedgerow jam or jelly then do not worry about the ripeness of the haws which always seem very hard anyway. They will soften down in the simmering process. I substituted extra sloes and blackberries for the rowan berries and judging by the speed of consumption I think can safely say the flavour is just as good. Think I should be gathering for a second batch!

Happy jam making!

Maureen

Mon 28-Sep-09
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Thanks for the info on the haws Maureen!

Oh bother bother bother! I appear to have burnt my hedgerow jam! It's potted and cooling, but there is a definite aroma of burnt sugar. Do you think I can get away with 'Caramelised Hedgerow Jam'?

I think I must have offended the Gods of Preserving this year!

Mon 28-Sep-09
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Last year my hedgerow jelly included the sloes I had used for the previous year's sloe gin ... a hesitant addition but what a success!  This year I did the same with the damsons used for last year's damson gin and again with great results.  Although the alcohol is cooked out, the flavour remains and the gin-sozzled fruit add a real je ne sais qois to the jelly.  I also made a jam with wild plums and last year's gin-soaked damsons which (with the mirabelle jam I made a few weeks ago) has to be my favourite so far.  Don't worry if you want to strain your fruit gin long before you want to make hedgerow jelly - I kept the fruit in freezer bags at the back of the fridge for months and they were in perfect nick when I came to use them.

Tue 29-Sep-09
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That sounds delicious Amanda! I'm planning to use last year's gin-soused sloes in chocolate truffles!

Tue 29-Sep-09
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Gin sloes with apple in a crumble- mmmmmm.

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Wed 30-Sep-09
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If you are looking for rowan berries, get yourselves up here - in my seven years up here I have never seen so many berries on the trees - I have made my third big batch already and will make another when my next ,lot of jars arrive - am making quince jelly for the first time tonight - will let you all know how it goes and also if I like it or not ! As for Rowan jelly - you can have it with cold meats, pork etc but I also like it on toast Laugh

Thu 1-Oct-09
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I must give rowan jelly a try this year. Thanks for the nudge.

Sat 7-Jul-12
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Did you not find the addition of sloes into the Hedgerow Jelly gave it a slightly bitter taste?  My last batch only had about 6 sloes in it (all I could find) but it had a distinct bitter edge to it.  It is good used in baked goods but not so great on its own.  Luckily I had a flopped bactch of blackberry jam (renamed blackberry sauce) that I diluted the hedgerow jelly with to sweeten it.

 

Is there any sort of guide as to the proportion of sloes to the other wild fruits used in hedgerow jelly?

Tue 7-Aug-12
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Thats a really good question - hopefully someone will be able to help with it soon as I have wondered about quantities as well.

I made Hedgerow jelly last year (using my fruit steamer to extract the juice rather than the jelly bag method) and it was very successful in that it set well , had lovely colour and texture. It wasn't quite as sweet as other fruit jelly or jam and the name definitely puts people off. I've got lots of friends and neighbours who lap up my jams/jelly but who didn't want the hedgerow one. This year I've decided to call it Wild Fruit jelly and see if that helps ponder

 

My problem is identifying the fruits as a couple look very similar - I must get a book!

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