Lucy’s Vicarage Tea Rooms makes a range of unique and traditional preserves.
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 depending on the Jelly. 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.
All of our Jellies 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 jellies can be classed as ‘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 on the families land and carefully selected by us.
We grow a range of fruit for our preserves; many varieties of apples, crab apples, victoria plums, gooseberries, rhubarb and damsons.
Organised by the Guild of Fine Foods, the Great Taste Awards are the ‘Oscars of the food world’. Winning one is very important to UK producers as it is considered to be the ultimate benchmark for quality and taste. Products carring the GTA logo come with a reliable seal of approval based on taste and not marketing. This is why I could not resist sending in my favorate Jellies.
The results are in. This was our first year in making Preserves. I thought they were so delicious, we entered two Jellies and both have been awarded a Gold Star from The Great Taste Awards 2012. The Jellies we entered are Crab Apple, Almond and Earl Grey Tea Jelly’ and ‘Crab Apple with Blackberry and Nettle Tea Jelly’. I intend to enter more this year. If you have a favorate Lucy’s Vicarage Preserve and think it is far superiour to its cousins, let me know.
– Flavours of Quince, Pineapple, Orange with a yummy dry after taste
Cranberry, Raspberry & Elderberry Tea Jelly
Raspberry, Strawberry & Loganberry Tea Jelly
My Jellies are available in a variety of Jar sizes. The larger the jar, the more economical the deal. All of the jellies are made by hand from picking to jaring and labelling. I use a Refractometer to measure the sugar content of each batch of jelly. 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.
We have delicious traditional Jams and Marmalades
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