Lucy’s Vicarage Tea Rooms makes a range of unique and traditional preserves. Scroll down to see our range.
Jams and Jellies all start with the same basic ingredients; fruit and sugar. The fruit is cooked for a while till soft, then things are changed depending if making a Jam or Jelly. For Jam, the sugar is added, cooked longer till setting point is reached and poured into jars. Quite quick, just a few hours depending on the pectin of the fruit. There is a little more work involved in a Jelly, the fruit is cooked for much longer to get all the flavours out. Then the pulp is strained, not once, not twice but three times or more depending on the Jelly. The juice is bursting with flavour. The straining is not rushed, not pushed with a spoon or squeezed, this is why our Jellies are clear. You can tell the quality by how clear the Jelly is. After all this cooking the left over dry pulp is tasteless and not much use, so it is disgarded or put on the compost heap. The resulting clear liquid is full of all the flavours of the fruit and the smells in the kitchen are devine. Sugar is then added and boiled until setting point is reached and poured into jars. Resulting in a jelly that is clear, smooth, full of flavour and transparent with a bright lustrous colour. This can take a day or in most cases two from start to finish. Only a small amount is needed. Jellies are great for cooking with or added directly to meats, deserts and cheese.
All of our Jams are homemade. We make them using whole fruit and follow traditional recipes. They are made in small quantities to ensure a high quality. An average batch may only contain 5 large (425g) Jars. We try to reduce the quantity of sugar used so the majority of our jams can be classed as ‘extra jam’ or ‘low sugar’ compared to their commercial cousins. The taste of homemade jam, jelly and marmalade is always preferable to mass-produced distant cousins.
We do not use short cuts; everything is done by hand, keeping the end product and your enjoyment in mind. All of our Preserves are made by either Lucy or Kathy at Lucy’s Vicarage Tea Rooms. Much of the fruit used is grown in the family’s garden and carefully selected by us.
We grow a range of fruit for our preserves; many varieties of apples, crab apples, victoria plums, gooseberries, rhubarb, pears and damsons.
New Zinging Raspberry Jam (Raspberry with orange)
New Golden Lime
New * Cranberry with Port Jam *
My Jams are available in a variety of Jar sizes. The larger the jar, the more economical the deal. All of the jams are made by hand from picking to jaring and labelling. I use a Refractometer to measure the sugar content of each batch of jam. Unfortunatly, we can not sell over the internet yet. But you can email me an order or over the phone, get in touch via the contact page. We only make the Preserves in small batches so many sizes may not be available due to selling out. Delivery is on top of the pricing, if you are local we maybe able to drop them off at your chosen time.
Can’t find what you are looking for? For more unusual and delicious preserves, I would have a look at the Jellies or Marmalades.
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