Autumn Tastes Great

Posted by Angharad Underwood on

Autumn really does Taste Great! This jar of deliciousness is our hero! Raising money with every jar for Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff and has now won it's 2nd Great Taste Award. Inspired by my lack of tastebuds during chemo, this zingy blackcurrant jam is perfect for your toast and delicious over vanilla ice cream. A huge thanks to Bill King for his recipe - it truly is a collaborative jar of award winning deliciousness and you can buy your own jar here.

For a celebratory 10% off, use "GREATTASTE2020" at the checkout x

Autumn's fruitful abundance is in full swing so get your pans out and make your own jars of deliciousness - a confirmed positive distraction from the chaos around us.

If you have apples galore, maybe some quince or can reach over into your neighbour's garden (we won't tell) try this Membrillo recipe - a Spanish style fruit paste, delicious with local award winning Angiddy Cheese, blue cheese and add a spoonful to roast pork gravy too.

You'll need

  • 1.2 kg apples, quince or mixed. Cookers and eaters good.
  • 730 ml water
  • 1/2 lemon - juice, zest and rind - chop in half and pop in the pan.
  • Bring to the boil
  • Return to the pan and add 740g sugar to 1kg fruit.

Chop the whole apples & quince including the core and seeds. Windfalls are great for tis, cut off any bruised bits. You can even chop them and freeze them until you have enough for a big batch.
Cook the fruit and water until soft, leave to cool and put through  mouli - fruit pulp. .
Return to the pan and add 740g sugar to every kg of fruit and cook low and very slow until dark and unctuous.
Add a drop to a chilled saucer and it should remain in a solid shape.
Fill sterilised jars and store in a dark cupboard or put into plastic tubs and keep in the fridge.
It will last and last and tastes incredible.
In Spain, they love a really solid block that's sliceable, I like that too but fruit varies so if it's slightly softer, don't worry - always go with flavour rather than overboiling.


We have a few more days of our Whizz-Kids promotion, they work tirelessly to transform the lives of disabled children across the UK, supporting them to become confident and independent young adults.
It's their 30th Anniversary this year so for July, August and Sepember we're offering a 30p donation for 3 months to Whizz-Kids with the sale of every green labelled jars and bottles - use "WhizzKIdz30" at the checkout.


Wye Valley Producers, as featured on Countryfile, had the pleasure of a visit from Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs. She loves our collaboration and it was great to meet and talk about our future plans. We're busily working with Food & Drink Wales, the Fine Food Cluster, Monmouthshire CC and more to build a robust future for us - check out our website for our Click & Collect and our postal box -  Wye Valley Producers x

Our courses will be back up and running as soon as we are able, you are very welcome to buy vouchers for courses now to use later.

Learn to Preserve Class  - tbc at our home kitchen in Chepstow.
Afternoon Tea Preserving- tbc at Let them See Cake in Cardiff.
Afternoon Tea - Cakes & Preserves Class with Huw Rowlands - tbc 2020
Hot Chilli Sauce Course - we ran this as a special for a lovely Dad & Son day, it was brilliant, larger groups will be available soon.
Stir Up Sunday - 22nd November 2020, Chepstow.

Dates for your diaries:
Event dates will be updated as and when, in the meantime we're continuing production safely and sending out jars of deliciousness. We've had so many lovely messages from customers, thank you all.  Very much looking forward to seeing you all soon, stay safe and eat well x

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle - For every jar you return, we'll give you 10p off your next purchase and that includes catering packs and bottles too!
We also love to SwapCrop so if you have any fruit that you need to find a home for, we can help and trade with jars x

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If you love what we do, don't forget to leave us a review, Angharad x

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