Conserve

Conserves were originally created as a way of enjoying summer fruits in the depths of winter, a practice we wholeheartedly endorse with Delia's wonderful recipes.

 
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Dark Apricot and Almond ConserveMakes three 1 lb (350 ml capacity) jars

Dark Apricot and Almond Conserve

A lovely dark preserve that you can make in the winter months, when fresh fruit is out of season, as it uses dried apricots. Apricots and almonds have a wonderful affinity and this is bound to become a family favourite!

 
 
Spiced Pickled Apricots and Plums in ArmagnacMakes 5 x 1 lb (350 ml) capacity jars

Spiced Pickled Apricots and Plums in Armagnac

Make these a month before Christmas and you'll receive plenty of compliments when serving them with cheese and cold cuts. Or why not make up some batches as gifts for food-loving friends?

 
 
Home-made Christmas MincemeatMakes 6 lb (2.75 kg)

Home-made Christmas Mincemeat

Delia's mincemeat is, as you'd expect, totally brilliant. So make up some batches of this lovely mincemeat - you won't believe how easy it is and it puts anything you can buy well and truly in the shade!

 
 
Spiced Oranges in PortServes 6-8

Spiced Oranges in Port

These lovely spiced oranges are superb with any cold meats, especially ham. Make it in advance, so that the flavours have the chance to develop.

 
 
Preserved Dried TomatoesMakes one 1 litre jar

Preserved Dried Tomatoes

Oven-drying gives tomatoes a deep, intense flavour that will liven up all manner of dishes during the winter months - and is a useful way of using up a glut from the greenhouse, maybe?

 
 
Home-made Christmas Mincemeat with CranberriesMakes 6 lb (2.75 kg)

Home-made Christmas Mincemeat with Cranberries

Surprisingly easy to make, this lovely mincemeat is bound to become a Christmas favourite. The addition of cranberries adds colour and flavour to a classic preserve that can be adapted easily for vegetarians.

 
 
Giardiniere Pickles (Italian Garden Pickles)Makes four 17½ fl oz (500 ml) preserving jars

Giardiniere Pickles (Italian Garden Pickles)

Bottle summer vegetables for a taste of summer in the depths of winter. These lovely Italian-style pickles are superb with a plate of charcuterie or cheeses and good bread.

 
 
Spiced Pickled PearsMakes a 1 litre jar

Spiced Pickled Pears

This unusual pickle looks impressive and tastes wonderful! Serve the pears with cold meats and poultry... they'd go particularly well with gammon or ham, and would make excellent food gifts.

 
 
Preserved Pickled PeachesMakes 1¾ pints (1 litre)

Preserved Pickled Peaches

Pickled peaches are a brilliant way of keeping that summery feeling going all year round: perfect with cold meats and especially cheeses, these bottled fruits are certain to become a yearly tradition.

 
 
Spiced Pickled Runner BeansMakes about six 0.5 litre jars

Spiced Pickled Runner Beans

Anyone who grows runner beans will know that sometimes they run away with you! If you're suffering a surfeit and don't know what to do with them, this lovely pickle is the answer.

 
 
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