GIVE HOMEMADE JAMS & JELLIES
Make small batches of jam and decorate the jars for a handy supply of standby gifts for unexpected guests. Bring 1kg of cherries, strawberries or raspberries to the boil – add a little water to stop them sticking – then add 1kg of jam-setting sugar (available in supermarkets). Stir until the sugar has dissolved, then boil hard for 5 minutes. Take off the heat, stir in 1 tablespoon of brandy, berry vodka or kirsch (this intensifies the flavour), then pour into warm, clean jars and seal.