Preserveverb

1: to can, pickle, or similarly prepare for future use


2: to keep up and reserve for personal or special use

Preserve / intransitive verb

1: to make preserves

When I was a little girl I had a family friend who taught me how to garden. She would let me dig and potter around her magnificent inner Melbourne Garden, sending me home with a cutting or packet of seeds to try my hand at home. For as long as I can remember I have always had a vegetable garden, and I’ve always made preserves. In fact I avoided nearly an entire architecture degree by devoting more and more of my garden to the production of fruit and vegetables resulting in extravagant homemade Christmas hampers for every family member.

I am constantly collecting preserving recipes to try out, and the Fowlers Vacola preserving kit that I inherited from my grandmother is one of my most treasured possessions. There is a sense of satisfaction that’s unparalleled by growing, tending, harvesting, preserving and sharing. To be able to grow something chemically free and it at its absolute peak bottle it for a rainy day, gives me an overwhelming sense of achievement and pride. 

My preserves are about just that; local and home- grown, organic, chemical-free produce, picked at the height of season, and laboriously prepared by hand in small batches with passion, to capture the perfect flavours of the time. 

These preserves are stocked at the Oak and Monkey Puzzle farm gate stall,  Manteau Noir and Belvedere Social, in Daylesford, The Local cafe, in Ballarat, and  The Black Hen, in Deloraine Tasmania.

List of preserves (as seasonally available): 

Spring:

Elder Flower Cordial

Hedgerow Hawthorn Flower Cordial 

Rhubarb and Vanilla Bean Cordial 

Rhubarb, Orange and Cardamom Jam 

 

Summer:  

Strawberry, Vanilla Bean and Rosewater Jam

Plum and Cardamom Jam 

White Peach, Vanilla Bean and Amaretto Jam 

Wild Blackberry Cordial 

Elderberry Cordial 

Lavender Lemonade  

Spiced Peach/Nectarine Chutney 

Spiced Beetroot and Orange Relish

 

Autumn-Winter: 

Quince, Rhubarb and Vanilla Bean Jam 

Crab Apple and Rosemary Jelly 

Crab Apple and Mint Jelly 

Old Fashioned Lemon Cordial 

Wild Rosehip and Hawthorn Syrup

Pomegranate Molasses

Pomegranate Cordial

Spiced Orange Cordial

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Kasundi 

 

 

 


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