As part of our commitment to environmental sustainability we have made one more change this year on our journey to become plastic free. Preserves need to be refrigerated after opening, so paper labels often become damp and wrinkled. Until now we have been using polypropylene (plastic) labels on our jars, locally sourced and locally printed to reduce the carbon footprint in delivering them to us.
The annual Great Taste Awards run by the Guild of Fine Foods is the pinnacle of food awards, often known as the foodie “Oscars” and attracts 10,000 entries annually from around the world. Only one third of entries will receive one of the coveted 1, 2 or 3 star awards. 141 of the 3 star awards were made this year and 878 foods were awarded 2 stars.
July brings sun, summer and the start of the main soft fruit season. This July we have been having fun once again with some unusual hybrid fruits that have become our ‘signature’ range of jams that are not widely available. These currently include loganberries, tayberries, tummelberries, silvanberries and chuckleberries, but we hope to extend this range in the years to come as we continue to specialise in something a bit more special.
We have just won our very first awards for some of our chutneys, savoury jam and condiments – #Delighted!
We entered the inaugural Chutney Awards earlier this year and had competition from as far afield as New Zealand. The awards were judged blind on taste by foodies, restauranteurs and chefs: The numbers were totalled, the awards decided and today the results are in.