Hi, I'm Sharon and I am "The Pickler". I make a whole assortment of wholesome and healthy preserves including all sorts of jams, relishes, and chutneys.
A little background
Welcome to my website and thanks for visiting. I have been a landscaper and horticulturist for going on about 30 odd years now, but a few years ago I had a mishap, and so I had some time on my hands. The idle-hands syndrome kicked in, so one day during my recuperation, while I was at my local grocery store, I saw some tired looking beetroot on special and thought I would make some relish and gift it to family and friends. That's how it all began!
I remember my mum and my grandmother making homemade preserves out of the abundance of fruit and veg in summer, and as a child I always wanted the "bought" stuff, but in hindsight my memories are of delicious food from the garden to the table.
Tasty, nutritious, delicious
I am really proud of my products. I take care to make sure I produce my range as naturally as possible and many of the base ingredients come from my garden.
I have a good selection of gluten free, low sugar and grain free products and as they are all handmade sometimes there may be a variations, just like in nature. Sometimes my peaches are fat and luscious other times they can be a bit on the skinny side, and occasionally this makes a subtle difference to the end product. But, that's what it's all about!
My jams are all low sugar. Traditionally jams were made weight for weight, sugar to fruit, but I have found I can cut the sugar levels to 1/3rd and the flavour of the fruit is no longer hidden under all that sugar. The slight downside though is that my jams may not set quite as well. But, I figure they spread easier, you use less, and they still taste great. In fact, what is really amazing, is if you mix a little of my jam with some natural yogurt, diced fresh fruit and some mint leaves. A dessert to impress or just indulge? ☺
Below are some more comments from my customers. It's always heartwarming to have great feedback. It's why I keep the good stuff coming!