In 2017, 795,000 tonnes of fruit produced in Australia was rejected at farm level. Why this waste? Most retailers reject any fruit or vegetable that are non-standard size, shape or colour. Large commercial growers and small organic farmers alike often face a huge problem selling their not-to-standard fruit and vegetables. Due to the short shelf life of fresh produce, a lot of fresh food ends up in landfill. In order to prevent this unnecessary wastage, Ugly Duck comes to the rescue, creating and crafting a distinctive range of fruit spreads, chutney, relishes and fruit pastes – many of which have won prestigious awards for quality and taste.
Pickling and Preserving: Award-Winning Marmalade (Without Pectin)
Tangy, tart marmalades are such a classic kitchen staple. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to make your own? Let Michelle teach you how! Citrus fruit are in peak season during the winter months, so let’s make the most of it. Every participant will take home 3-4 large jars of marmalade. Michelle will have a variety of locally grown citrus and spices available to create interesting flavour combinations. Topics you will discuss: do I really need to put in this much sugar; can I use alternative sweeteners; do I need to add pectin; I like marmalade but not the bits in it, what can I do; how to use marmalade in your cooking.
Pickling and Preserving: Chunky Tomato Relish
Join Michelle in a hands-on workshop cooking up rich, chunky tomato relish - just the way you like it. Learn how to safely preserve surplus tomatoes with this crowd-pleaser, and gain the knowledge and confidence you need to confidently and successfully cook up batch after batch of relish at home. Every participant will take home 3-4 large jars of tomato relish. We will have a variety of sweeteners, spices and other fruit and vegetable available to create your own tomato relish recipe. Discussion points include: do I really need to use sugar; which alternative sweetener can I use; which vinegar is the best for preserving; can I add other vegetables into the mix; anything else you ever wanted to ask about preserving your own food.