The Good Life: Redcurrant Jelly, and ‘this week we will be mainly eating runner beans’!

redcurrant jellyMy freezers seem to be very full, which is a bit ominous as I am about to hit courgette, runner bean and tomato glut time and will need to be freezing some. I have pulled out all the ends of bread for bread pudding, and some frozen redcurrants to clear some space. I don’t get that many redcurrants (from my neighbours overhanging bush, as she doesn’t use them) so save up a couple of years worth to have enough for redcurrant jelly, my favourite. I know you can use it on meat, but for me it is completely delicious on hot toast! Mmm, salivating now.

Straining the redcurrants with my dishcloth strainer!

Straining the redcurrants with my dishcloth strainer!

So I made some this morning, and I am waiting for it to cool so that I can eat some 🙂 I couldn’t find my jelly muslin, so I fashioned a strainer from a new dishcloth and it worked a treat! Necessity is the mother of invention after all.

rolling boil

Bringing the jelly to a rolling boil

The garden is looking lush and productive, with spinach, lettuces, courgettes, cucumbers, tomatoes and runner beans all ready to eat.

The sweetcorn looks just pathetic. I’m not sure why, although I haven’t grown it in that spot before so maybe it doesn’t like it for some reason.

Triffid pumpkin

Triffid pumpkin

The sweetpeas are just starting to look lovely so I need to cut some today, and the pumpkin is going crazy! If I’m not careful it will take over the veg patch. I deliberately planted it right at the edge but it is spreading everywhere. I think I will grown my pumpkins somewhere else altogether in future, but for now just keep pulling and training it onto the grass at the front of my patch.

Off to try to dry my laundry before it rains again, and do the weekly clean. It is non stop at Shoestring Cottage as usual, but if I get everything done today I can have a nice day out with Mr S tomorrow.

What are you growing this year? And what are your plans for the weekend?


0 thoughts on “The Good Life: Redcurrant Jelly, and ‘this week we will be mainly eating runner beans’!

  1. Hemstitch

    Tip to control sprawling triffids: make them grow up a ( cane ? ) wigwam or along a fence. Also, I limit my squashes to 4 or 5 fruits each , as they seem to get a to a decent size if I do that. Depends which variety how many I leave. My courgettes are up for plot domination but I’ve never frozen them….how do you do that? It’s against my principles to pay what supermarkets charge so I only have courgettes when I can grow my own. It would be good to freeze the excess.

    1. ChickenladyJane Post author

      I mainly freeze my courgettes as soup, but sometimes I cube them and freeze them to chuck into casseroles. They aren’t as good as fresh, but not bad.