Edible Xmas gifts that can be made well in advance.....

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Special Occasions & Other Celebrations
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  • kms26kms26 Forumite
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    Hi everyone :)

    I've reboiled my jam and it still hasn't set but it is scrummy :) I'm sure people won't mind loose strawberry jam.

    My lemonbalm gin knocks your socks off! :D the tayberry gin has been joined by raspberry vodka and rhubard vodka which are all nice pink colours and need to be strained this weekend.

    I'm thinking I need to get hold of some small bottles to be able to given them as gifts and as such all my family and work collegues are letting me have any they have.

    I've also got some raspberry vinegar on the go - can't wait to taste it!


    How do you do your raspberry vodka? Do you just pop the raspberries in the bottles with the vodka or do you use some sweets?

    And i found the easiest way to get the small bottles is get some mini bottles of wine :D Asda are doing 5 for £4 at the mo i think drink the wine use the bottles sorted!!:D
  • kms26kms26 Forumite
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    can someone direct me to a really simple how to make jam, i'm getting married in December and to skint to spend £50 on every parent and grandparent then you have the brothers and the girlfriends blah blah blah

    found some goregous bags http://www.islepac.co.uk/gift-packaging/jute-two-window-mini-bags.html which are really cheap but look posh so will give them those and them make them all button hearts haha

    help help help! :) x


    Thanks for that link that is great just what i have been looking for.

    This is a good recipe http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/8068/easy-strawberry-jam.aspx just buy jam sugar as you don't need the pectin.

    There are some good recipes on that site. But like some one else said there is a recipe on the back of jam sugar.

    General rule equal quantities of sugar and fruit a squeeze of lemon juice and just enough water to cover the fruit. And with Strawberry jam, i always make my fruit the way i like it in my jam i.e lumpy :D

    Hope that helps
  • thanks for the emails i bought 36 jars with lids, 50 stickers and 20 bags for £50 so that works out £3.30 per family not including the jam should look good though i cant afford to spend £20 per friend so they shall get some jams a oyster shell candle which i will make and a cute button heart thing :)

    i'm buying there dresses and suits for my wedding the week before so they should be greatful haha x
  • AngleaAnglea Forumite
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    Hi all I enjoyed reading the latest posts on here and seeing what everyone is up to.

    Have any of you ever made uncooked chutney? I've got a recipe and wondered what it comes out like?
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    How do you do your raspberry vodka? Do you just pop the raspberries in the bottles with the vodka or do you use some sweets?

    Hi kms :) I fill up a sterlised jar with fruit, cover with sugar and then add the vodka. Its gets shaken almost everyday for 3 weeks and then strained and stored. The fruit gets made into a pie. hic :D


    No idea bout uncooked chutney Angela, sorry.
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  • kms26kms26 Forumite
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    SmlSave wrote: »
    Hi kms :) I fill up a sterlised jar with fruit, cover with sugar and then add the vodka. Its gets shaken almost everyday for 3 weeks and then strained and stored. The fruit gets made into a pie. hic :D


    No idea bout uncooked chutney Angela, sorry.


    I will be trying that i think thanks very much :T
  • tinksytinksy Forumite
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    well im well on my way with the jam making - this weekend i have made 6 jars of strawberry, 3 jars of strawberry and raspberry and 2 jars of strawberry and vodka!!!

    i'm after a good lemon curd recipie to make and my mum has suggested i use marmade to make some festive marmalade as im a bit late!

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  • how do you make vodka jam and how long does it last for? xx
  • wssla00wssla00 Forumite
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    Why not make some seville marmalade? I made some of this from the tins of prepared seville oranges you get by the jams in the supermarkets for £1.99. I made about ten jars from that and a bag of sugar. Supposedly it's very nice but I don't know as I don't like marmalade!
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  • tinksytinksy Forumite
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    wssla00 wrote: »
    Why not make some seville marmalade? I made some of this from the tins of prepared seville oranges you get by the jams in the supermarkets for £1.99. I made about ten jars from that and a bag of sugar. Supposedly it's very nice but I don't know as I don't like marmalade!

    thats the marmade stuff i think my mum has said i should try! im going to do that and then try adding in things like whisky or cranberries etc. glad to hear it makes loads. The best jam recipie I have tried is the one on the back of the jam sugar packet - works a treat!
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