Monday, May 4, 2009

Gooseberry one , gooseberry two

Maria and husband and look at what she is holding.....a bottle of my gooseberry preserves
Bon apetit Maria!

Gooseberry one, gooseberry two, gooseberry by the hundreds in my kitchen and I am busy making preserves. These are a favourite with everyone. I started using the the 2:1 ratio 2 cups of fruit to 1 cup of sugar and made around 26 bottles. Then I decided to do a reduced sugar for those who are watching their sugar intake and I used the 3:1 ratio. I think I will continue to use this ratio since it will appeal to most of us and there is just a slight difference in sweetness. I am hoping to make around 60 bottles and I will keep them for my garden sale or any other events I participate in. I had a very special visitor on Sunday, someone who was visiting my blog and was going to be visiting Barbados. She asked if she can visit my garden and of course knowing the show off I am, I gladly welcomed her. Thank you Maria and hubby for visiting my rustic bajan garden!


  1. Oh my goodness! Thats look wonderful!!! Makes my mouth water! YOu have been busy! I need to come to Barbados!

  2. MMMmmmm, sounds delicious, am jealous of your preserves pan. Do you think the same ratios will work for nutmeg jelly?

  3. Dirt Princess thank you and it is hard work, cleaning and sorting them. Yes you need to come on over for a tasting.

    Zooms the preserve pan is called a maslin pan from the UK. It makes about a doz 8oz jars of preserves. I searched high and low to find a pan for my preserves. They are almost impossible to find in the USA. I found one place in Canada selling and the rest in the uK. One site in the USA had one for a ridiculous amount of money. It is worth every penny. I don't know if the fruit to sugar ratio can work with the nutmeg jelly. The best thing to do is to try a small amount out to see which one works for you.

  4. Do you have red gooseberries and green ones! I am surprised at the colour of the dark red preserve!

  5. Matron they are same ones you see on the tree, they turn red when cooked in sugar and are very tasty. They are very sour when eaten raw, I remember as a child eating them with salt and pepper!


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