I am getting prepared. Cheddar strawberries in the main. Then maybe some herbs in some? Some thoughts on not using my herbs enough, but when they go to flower the bees love them – so no issue. Basic recipe below.

1kg strawberries; 1kg caster sugar; 1/2 tsp citric acid. Juice of one lemon. Hod the strawberries and bring pan to boil stirring the mix to dissolve the sugar. Heat to 105C – I have a thermometer now, but otherwise use saucers that have been in the freezer for 30 minus to test how runny it is. Strawberry Jam is actually quite difficult as it has difficulty in setting! And then what to add – I am tempted by chopped lemon verbena? And maybe a touch of apple to add a little pectin.

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