Gooseberries are a vibrant summer fruit with a high pectin content, so they are just perfect for jam making. Together with their trusty autumn pal, the crab apple, we have a jam match made in heaven which is also just perfect for using in pork dishes and in desserts. Look for gooseberries that are slightly under-ripe for this jam as this will result in the best set and flavour. You will need to time this jam well and may need to freeze your gooseberries for a few weeks just until the apples begin to arrive in autumn. Ask around locally for any early fruiting trees and see if you can strike a deal: a basket of the first apples for a few jars of your lovely jam!
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