|Ladder Trap, hope it works.|
|Redcurrant jelly, the colour of rubies.|
I have had several emails asking how to make jellies, they are very easy.
Barley cover your fruit with water, boil until soft.
Allow to drip through a jelly bag or muslin cloth overnight, do not squeeze the bag unless you don't mind a cloudy jelly.
Measure to fluid, for every 600ml of fluid allow 450 g of sugar.
Boil up the fluid, add the sugar stirring all the time to dissolve it.
Gently bring to the boil stirring so it wont catch the bottom of the pan, start testing for a set on an ice-cold saucer after about ten minutes, set is normally achieved after twelve minutes.
Remove from heat and allow to cool for five minutes give a good stir and pour in to hot sterilised jars, seal immediately.
Jams are more or less the same, allow the same amount of sugar to fruit, always cook the fruit so it is soft before adding the sugar, once the sugar is added the fruit will not cook but remain hard, not what you want, you want something that is spreadable without hard lumps.
With the exception of Strawberries all berries are high in pectin, so there is no need to add lemon or to use jam sugar which has added pectin.
Jam and jelly making is one of the easiest ways to presurve your summer fruits.
The vegetable glut continues, keeping up with the Mange Tout peas and Courgettes has proved impossible but the pigs are enjoying them. Some have been frozen despite our vow not to freeze veg this year. The last of the Broad beans have been picked, they will also be frozen.
|Fresh from the garden.|
There is also lots of colour in the hedge rows from the wild flowers,
|Blue Sow Thistle.|
This week we became reacquainted with some old friends. On one of the poultry sites that I belong to someone was advertising for La Bresse birds from a different line that they had, I responded as we had a very good ten week old cockerel, far too good an example of his breed to eat. We duly arrive at their house, way up in the hills of Leitrim and realised that things were familiar to us, waiting out side was Peter, someone which we had not seen for over twenty years, he has a good stock of birds and was very pleased with our boy who we swapped for one of his pullets, we now have three different blood lines and Peter has four. Although they live quite a distance from us hopefully we will see them in the not too distant future.
|View of Arigna and Lough Allen.|