Allotment gluts

We’ve got a glut of courgettes (who hasn’t?), beetroot and blackberries. Am I complaining … not really (just a little bit, about the courgettes – the only way I can see to avoid a courgette glut is not to grow ANY, which seems a bit extreme) but I am getting potting fatigue now.

I become jam and jelly exhausted every July and I never seem to learn. Currently we have:

• Apple curd
• Plum curd
• Blackcurrant and apple jelly
• Plum and apple jam
• Chutney.

They’ve all been made and potted in the past fortnight and I still have a vast number of apples, an increasing number of blackberries and far too many courgettes to cope with. The pears are starting to look like they might also glut and the late apples and autumn raspberries appear to be relatively fecund too. There just aren’t enough hours in the day!

On top of making preserves I’ve been making beetroot and cheese slice and freezing it, and also loaves and muffins like apple and blackberry loaf which is tasty and easy to slice and freeze for packed lunches. It’s like being trapped in a culinary whirlwind – I almost never get to see the plot, I’m so tied to the kitchen!

How do other people cope with their gluts, I wonder? It’s true to say we never have any jam or jelly left at the point the next year’s preserving begins, although I do give away quite a lot of jam. And I’ve only once had to throw away home-made curd because we hadn’t eaten it within the suggested three months, and that only happened because the jar got hidden behind something else in the fridge. It is quite exhausting though, and as usual I’ve run out of jars and am begging them from strangers!

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Blogger Joanna said...

I am managing to keep up with our produce this year but that is mainly because everything is so slow and fruit doesn't seem to have done so well this year - lack of rain in June I guess. I did have to deal with over 9kgs of blueberries but they were a thank you for helping a guy with a puncture who had 2 tonnes of them in his van (seemed like a good idea at the time). One big advantage of living in Latvia is the absolute abundance of jars and lids sold separately, which can be bought from local supermarkets just about everywhere at this time of the year.

July 20, 2011 at 5:23 AM  
Blogger Hannes said...

I share the sentiment regarding the glut of things. We found the perfect solution for courgettes - pickle them. See for details.

July 20, 2011 at 5:58 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Joanna - that's a lot of blueberries! What a great reward for being a good Samaritan though.

July 25, 2011 at 3:33 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Hannes, that looks very good indeed: I might have a go at that!

July 25, 2011 at 3:35 AM  

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