Hi there!

I’m slowly working towards some simplicity within the home, but hey! It’s a lot of hard work!

I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.

While I don’t always have time to reply to comments, I love reading them. I hope you enjoy your stay and I hope you learn something new because I love sharing what I learn, and I'm always looking for another new skill myself.


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Storing my Preserves

I really should get to labelling the rest of these preserves before I forget what they are.....These are all made within the last 8 months....Can you see that I cut more timber to add extra shelves to allow for more space. I love DIY and Power-tools..lol
Top shelf #1: Plum & Raspberry Jam, Passion-fruit Jam
shelf #2: Place-mats, Fig & Ginger Jam
shelf #3: Comfrey Cream, Comfrey infused Oil, Quince & Apple Jam, Cooked Salsa Spread
shelf #4: Green Tomato Pickles, Bread N Butter Cucumber Pickles, Fig & Ginger Jam, Melon Relish, Cooked Salsa Spread
shelf #5: Plum Sauce, Green Tomato Pickles, Melon Relish, Fig & Ginger Jam, Tomato Sauce
shelf #6: Melon Pickles, Vanilla Port, Black Cherry Jam, Green Tomato Pickles
shelf #7: Tomato Chutney, Mushroom Ketchup
shelf #8: Plum Jam, Choc Bits, Preserved Lemon, Dehydrated Bananas, Brown Vinegar, Dehydrated Turnip slivers, Dehydrated Parsnips and behind them is Dehydrated Corn Kernels.

Shelf #9 is missing, but it has some jars of a Salad Salsa, some other bulk foods, and a basket of Spanish onions.

Have you added extra shelving to accommodate your preserves? Leave a comment and tell us about it, then link back to your blog showing a photo of how you store your preserves......I have many more projects to add to these shelves in the near future...It's not all going to fit....I need to share some more out soon.... 


  1. I have recently bought a fowlers vacola to do preserving...and keep putting it off cause I'm scared lol how do you do your preserving?

  2. Wow that is some preserves you have there...

    The shelving is a great idea, I keep mine in spare cupboard space, I have had to declutter though to make room!



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