No, no, no - not tin - only the finest stainless steel. Our pans are finally here and they are very, very shiny.
Thing is, Trev hurried to put them onto the website before heading off for a few days. In his haste he has put the wrong price! He's forgotten the VAT - and I don't know how to change the website. So it seems to me, if you are after a bargain, now is the time to order one - or two - before he gets back and puts the proper price on! At the moment they are just £19.99 for a proper grown up stainless steel maslin/preserving pan. Unbelievable.
A few new things going on to the website in the next few days - firstly my little pack of notecards, useful for all preservers to add a little note or send to a friend. They feature vintage engravings of the preserves of yesteryear in four designs, 12 in a pack complete with envelopes. The first FIVE people to leave a comment ( pleasant please! ) below will receive a FREE pack PLUS a ticket to the Country Living Christmas Fair in Harrogate at the beginning of December.
Next up we have a new delivery of Aspall's Vinegars in 5 litre packs. A very well known quality manufacturer the vinegar is all produced in the heart of Suffolk, British through and through. They have only just arrived and will be going onto the website in the next couple of days - we have white wine, red wine, and classic cyder vinegar - all perfect for preserving. Ha ha - no more trips to the bottle bank for me! At £7.95 they are cost effective and convenient. Trev will get them listed as fast as possible so check the ingredients menu on lovejars.co.uk soon.
Still waiting for news on the pans - hopefully here this week - stand by for bargains!
Appley Dapply, a little brown mouse
Goes to the cupboard in somebody's house.
In somebody's cupboard
There's everything nice,
Cake, cheese, jam, biscuits,
-- All charming for mice!
Appley Dapply has little sharp eyes,
And Appley Dapply is so fond of pies!
, , , ,But no apples it would seem!
I don't know about you but I have apples everywhere and whilst I like to make Spiced_ Apple Chutney and dry some apple rings, maybe make some fruit leather - there are times in the preserving week when I want to make something a little bit different. So I did.
I made some of my Apple, Sage and Cider Sauce. It is quite quick to make and tastes absolutely delicious. It keeps in the fridge for a couple of months or you can extend the shelf life to a year by doing the thing with the pan of water and a J cloth i.e. you need to sterilise in a waterbath which I have shown before but I will put a few pics here to remind you. First, the recipe.
2 onions, peeled and chopped
1.5kg cooking apples, peeled and chopped
150g white sugar
20 fresh sage leaves
375 ml of any kind of cider
20ml olive oil
Prepare the onion and apples - no need to fuss over chopping as they will be going through the food processor. Melt the oil and butter in a large pan and cook the onion and apple gently for around 5 minutes. Add the cider, sugar and the sage leaves - snip these with scissors into the pan to roughly chop. Cook on gently until the apple is really soft.
Then leave to cool slightly before putting through a food processor (preferable) or rubbing through a sieve (hard work.)
Pour the sauce into wide necked bottles, which of course, you have previously washed and sterilised by drying in a warm oven.
I like to use our 250ml Bevanto bottles which I find to be just the right size and pour beautifully.
Now, it seems the pics of the bottles sterilising are still on the camera card - which is at work - so I will add them tomorrow. In the meantime think about giving this sauce a go - it has a delicious flavour. 'What can we eat with Rosie', you cry. Well, lots of things but I like it best with fish fingers. There I've said it. You, no doubt have goujons but it would be just as good.
For those of you waiting for information on our new pans - the good news is they have docked at Felixstowe, the bad news is they are with Customs. I very much hope they will be with us by the end of the week and if so, you will be the first to know. There will be competitions, giveaways and special price deals so check back when you can. Even at the 'proper' price they will be a bargain!
Gosh, soooooo long since I last managed to blog - it has been so busy there hasn't been time to think straight. It was only when I was making some Ginger Cordial last week that I thought I should check whether I have shown you this or not - I don't think I have.
I have some quince that a lovely customer has just brought in, with the promise of more - and every surface in The Old Smithy is covered with boxes of cooking apples - another customer.
So there will be plenty to photograph and write about in the days ahead.
I have also heard that our shipment of maslin pans - especially made for us - is just about to dock, so we should have a very special offer for you by the end of October. Just in time for Christmas presents as well. I will blog and tweet about it but they will be at a rock bottom price for a limited time - and then at a modest price so perfect if you have always wanted one, or, indeed, if you have one already but need more!