Homemade preserves are always popular and many good cooks are maximising their skills in this area. The choice of the product include jams, jellies, marmalades, chutneys, pickles, bottling fresh fruit and fruits in alcohol. Your own skills and preferences will help you to choose exactly what to make. Some items like raspberry and strawberry jams are always popular but, because of the individual nature of the market, unusual specialties can also sell very well indeed.
Take a look at the following list. Add in your own favourite recipes or experiment to produce a new flavour combination.
Jams and Jellies
Use fruit with a high pectin content to ensure a good set, or choose combinations of fruit to overcome any possible setting problems. Mixing different fruits together can make for some delicious flavour combinations:
Although Seville oranges are only available during certain times of the year, marmalade can be made all the year round from sweet oranges, grapefruit and other citrus fruits. They can range in texture from thick and chunky to a very smooth clear jelly. Fruit mixtures also produce very good marmalades.
Fruits in alcohol
Preserving fruit in alcohol can produce an expensive product. However, the results are delicious and ideal for Christmas presents. Mincemeat also falls into this category, though the amount of alcohol included is not sufficient to keep the product for more than a few weeks.
The list of possible combinations of fruit and vegetables for chutney is almost endless. Most people have their own tried and tested recipes, some of which have been handed down for generations.
Beetroot, onion and red cabbage are probably the joint-favorites in this category but, there again, unusual homemade pickles can find a niche for themselves. And do not forget that fruit also pickles very well.
Food Business and Homemade Preserves
There is, indeed, a lot to be said for specialising to start with. You will be able to perfect both your recipes and your preparation techniques and customers will get to know your products and to ask for them by name.
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