Three wooden IKEA shelving units holding jars, containers and bottles of preserves and dry goods.
Saving, preserving and storing food
Homemade preserves are a brilliant way of using things from the garden, or taking advantage of a great deal at the supermarket. Whatever you make, store it in airtight containers and leave unopened until you want to use it.

Full of colour and cheer, preserves can pretty up a kitchen shelf. Just remember to keep them cool and out of direct sunlight. Use stickers or labels to name and date your goodies and finish off with jar covers, ribbon or string for extra decoration.
Save the taste of sunny days
Homemade jam has got to be everyone’s favourite preserve and it doesn’ t take long to make. Give our recipe a whirl and soak up the flavour of sunshine all through winter.

1.5kg blackcurrants
1kg sugar
500ml water
Sterilised jars and a sideplate

1. First, put a sideplate into the freezer. You’ll need this to test if the jam is ready.

2. Wash and destalk the blackcurrants and put into a tall heavy-bottomed saucepan with the water.

3. Gently bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes.

4. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve. Bring to the boil and boil hard for five minutes.

5. Take the sideplate out of the freezer and put a small amount of the hot jam onto it. Wait a little while, then push it with your finger or a spoon. If it wrinkles, it’s ready.

6. Fill the jars with the hot jam, seal tightly and allow to cool.
Close-up of IKEA glass storage jars and bottles with labels tied around.
Pasta sauce, fruit drinks or freshly baked biscotti. Once you get a taste for homemade you may never go store bought again!