Instead of a garden recap for January--which is basically the same as December and November, i.e. not much going on--I thought I'd report about my preserves!
Since my last taste test, I've opened a few more jars of preserves. Here's my results.
Apple chutney, from wild harvested apples and garden onion and garlic
I made this in September from apples picked at our local country park. They were lovely big round yellow apples, fairly tart. When I made it I tasted the batch and it was really too sharp to eat then. We opened a jar last month and the husband has been eating it with his cheese and ham at lunch. It's still a bit sharp for me, but a little bit is ok. The husband however pronounced it delicious and has already finished off a full 1 L jar! Result: 5*
Green tomato relish
This was also made in September, to use up all my green tomatoes when the plants succumbed to blight. We've finished off a jar, and started on a second: it goes well as a salsa substitute, though not quite as tasty. Result: 4*
Medium jar of pickled zuccini
The zuccini for this came from a friend's garden, and I made it in August. I wanted to make dill pickled zuccini but couldn't find dill at the store (and have been trying and failing to grow it for years: slugs seem to love it), so I made a coriander and mustard blend instead. The pickles themselves are lovely and crisp, and the underlying flavor of the zuccini is nice enough, but I think the malt vinegar I used was too strong and the spices were too unusual. The pickles are ok, but not the best. I'll make them again if I can, but choose a milder vinegar and order some dill online. Result: 3*