.............that Sue in Lancashire had on her blog so started collecting bits and bobs in a bag in the freezer. Apple peel and cores, a few squashy plums that were in a bag that I bought for £1 from a boot-sale (most were OK thankfully) and some blackberries picked from the other side of the churchyard.
Bought a lemon and made a drizzle cake then added the remains to the box.
Finally when I'd peeled the tasteless Charles Ross apples I added all their peelings too and had enough to almost fill my big jam pan.
Covered with water and brought to boil, then simmered for the rest of the morning, I mashed everything several times with a potato masher.
When I strained through a jelly bag it made nearly 4 pints of quite a watery liquid, which seemed rather a lot so I tipped all the juice back into the jam pan and heated and simmered for a couple of hours to reduce it.
Eventually added the sugar and boiled to setting which made 6 jars of lovely dark red jelly.....I'd put 5 out in the freezer room cupboard before I remembered a photo, the jelly looks black, but hold it up to the sun and it really is dark red.
Two jars will be used in the Christmas happens and I think I'll make scones soon so I can try the jelly on top - better buy clotted cream!
Not sure I will make it again because, although the ingredients were free, it took quite a bit of electric for cooking and I'm not a huge jam eater anyway. If I do make it again next year I'll use less water at the beginning.