Homemade gifts: marmalade & chutney

November 25th 2011

Homemade marmalade & chutney

Inspired by the jam- and chutney-making class I took last month, I had a go at making some at home to give as Christmas gifts.

Homemade marmalade & chutney

I made a clementine marmalade and spiced tomato chutney. The cute mini jars and gingham lids are from Jam Jar Shop – but don’t get the wrong size labels like I did, whoops. They make my jars look a bit scruffy charmingly home-made..

Homemade marmalade & chutney

I’m not usually a fan of marmalade, but this clementine version, zinged up with added lemon, is really delicious! I didn’t get a super firm set despite boiling for longer than recommended, but I think the consistency is all right. My dad likes marmalade on his toast so I made this with him in mind.


Homemade marmalade & chutney

I added extra spices to the tomato chutney: chilli flakes to offset the brown sugar sweetness, along with black pepper and smoked paprika. There’s always a good cheeseboard at Christmas round ours, so this might get popped open early to sample..

There’s lots of other good edible gift ideas on the BBC Food site too, from chocolate truffles to jars of flavoured sugar. And check out the DIY cookie jar I made last year as well, which was a real hit and very easy to put together. Yum, yum.

Comments (6)

  • Juliet

    November 25th 2011 at 11:25 am

    This is a lovely idea – I am planning to do more homemade gifts this year & the cookie jars are perfect! x

  • dina

    November 25th 2011 at 11:32 am

    Ummmm delicious!!

  • Helena-A Diary of Lovely

    November 25th 2011 at 11:29 pm

    these look lovely and yummy! I love the idea of spicy tomatoes!

  • Laura

    November 25th 2011 at 11:51 pm

    That looks too good, I will have to try the marmalade recipe. Thanks for the link!

  • pebbz

    November 26th 2011 at 7:10 pm

    what a lovely idea… xx

    http://www.pebbzblog.blogspot.com

  • Jessica

    November 28th 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Nice looking preserves! I’ve got some (slightly failed) marrow and ginger jam to give away, as well as some yellow courgette chutney that’s been maturing since August. Guess I should probably check it for taste before I thrust it upon people!

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