Don't ever let anyone tell you that making jam is difficult or that it takes a long time. Follow my video and you will soon have your own shiny pots of jam stored away on your shelves - not for long though as it is delicious! Beware of jam thieves . . .
We have some great dehydrators on lovejars.co.uk and my dehydrator is my best piece of kit that I ever bought. Take a look at my little video here where I go through the basics.
If you are worried by instructions in a recipe to 'waterbath' the preserve you have made it may put you off making the recipe at all.
That is a shame as there are many lovely things to be made that should this process and it is really easy.
Let's start with a cordial - Elderflower for example. So, follow the recipe up until the stage of putting the cordial into your bottles.
Leave until quite cold, then label and store. As the contents cool they will shrink again and leave a gap.
During the expansion stage it will have pushed all of the air in the gap out through the loosened cap, once you tighten the cap and the contents shrink you will be left with a vacuum which will not allow yeasts, moulds or bugs to grow.
You will now be able to keep your preserve for at least a year at ambient temperature - not in the fridge.
This method is suitable for cordials and things like sauces that have already been cooked and are still hot.
You can use the same process for various fruits which may need a longer time being sterilised - follow the recipe.
Be careful with low acid ingredients like tomatoes and most vegetables - they usually need to be pressure canned which is a different process.