Jam making isn't a past time strictly permitted to only those engaging in W.I activities or the retired country bumpkins in their converted farmhouses in Shropshire . Jam making is a cultural necessity! Believe us, once you start reaping the benefits of making your own, you'll be addicted in no time.

Jam is also cheap, as well as delicious. During the war years Britain thrived off its jarred goods and as the food shops grew bare, the hedgerows were in abundance!

Jam making is a way of life. A British tradition. But have no fear, jam virgins, for the season of the blackberry is close at hand and what a fantastic opportunity to fill up the cupboards with your own jars of the good stuff. And to make it even better, its not rocket science… Its jam science! So get out your tupperware and head to the hedges, rummage through the recycling for jars and go ask your neighbour for some sugar. Jam season is with us.

And don't forget, boys and girls, to thank the heavens for Jam
For the lashings of red stuff we spread on our toast,
And for lining our teeth with seeds,
To the jellies that assist our sunday roast.
And fulfilling our countries needs.
Thank heavens for Jam.

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