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Expand the shelf life of your fruit and vegies all year round

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Not Just Jam by Matthew Evans


If you eat seasonally to take advantage of cheaper, fresher produce or you're passionate about flavour and what goes into your preserves, then start taking notes. Not Just Jam by chef-turned-food-critic-turned-farmer and TV personality Matthew Evans shows us how to expand the shelf life of fruit and veggies all year round with relishes, jams, curds and more.

Not Just Jam is Evans’ ode to the surplus of seasons – a collection of modern recipes for old-fashioned preserving methods. If you have your own orchard, lucky you, but it’s not necessary. You can scour the suburbs looking for bounty that hasn’t been harvested or buy the bargain boxes of produce that’s ‘at cooking stage’.

Matthew loves turning an average meal into an extraordinary one and preserves are the best way to make a meal more flavoursome. Add damson paste to your cheese plate, make a natural apple syrup to drizzle over pancakes, top your pizzas with passata or spread a delicious brown pickle on your sandwich.

Use this book as a launching pad for your own ideas – experiment with your own flavours, and adjust the pickles, conserves, relishes, pastes, curds, butters, cordials and jams to suit your taste, your region and your palate. A pantry with jars of produce is a sign of a life well lived and a future well catered for.

About the author:

Matthew Evans is Australia’s favourite tree-changer.

A former chef and food critic, Matthew is now a Tasmanian smallholder, food writer and food activist. He fattens pigs, milks a cow, tends to a garden and writes about food from his office on Fat Pig Farm, in the gorgeous Huon Valley.

Matthew is the star of the long running SBS TV Gourmet  Farmer series as well as the recent documentary on seafood, What’s the Catch? He’s the author of 11 books, including the authoritative Real Food Companion, The Dirty Chef, Winter on the Farm, and Summer on Fat Pig Farm.


Not Just Jam by Matthew Evans is published by Murdoch Books (NSW, April 2016, HC, 208pp, RRP A$35.00). Available at good bookstores or direct from the publisher » 

See links below to reviews of other books by Matthew Evans

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