After a somewhat cautious cycle ride, we made it to our destination and embarked on our intended walk. As we walked our conversation ranged over a number of topics, but as is so often the case when two people keen on eating get together sooner or later the conversation settles on food. Or more specifically 'how great are bacon sandwiches!', and how it would be good to have them more often, but they are not very convenient in a lifestyle of rushing around. In fact all we have time for in the mornings is some jam on toast. Wouldn't it be good to have bacon sandwiches available with the convenience of jam. BACON JAM! It seems so obvious once you think about it.
From that point the dye was cast and the challenge was accepted. Bacon Jam would become a reality. What I had in mind was combining bacon with an apple sauce to make it fit into a jar as one preservable mass. The sauce could be any one of a number of types of apple sauces, jellies, chutneys or ketchups, but I settled on crab apple jelly. I guess that bacon in jelly is technically potted meat, but Bacon Jam has a bit more panache to it and it is written in capital letters, which has to be a good sign!
|Crab apples: clever camera work makes them look big but they are really small.|
Next time I happened to be passing a crab apple tree (on common land) I picked a small bag full. These were duly chopped, covered with water and boiled for ...time. I can't tell you how much time because I wasn't paying that much attention. If you have read my introductory blog you may noted that I referred to apples boiling on the hob, and that is why my time keeping was a bit lax. Instead of timing the boiling of the apples I started a blog.
|Chopped crab apples boiling in the pan. It is a fairly large pan and they are small apples, just in case you thought they were large apples in a cauldron.|
As I had only picked enough crab apples for one small batch I decided to soldier on, and hung the pulp in a jelly bag (actually the bag from my fruit press) to drain over night.
|Apple pulp hanging over cloudy juice!|
|The now clear mixture of crab apple juice and sugar boiling.|