But what about all the sugar...

When I tell people I'm a jam maker, one of the first questions I get is about the sugar content of jams. Nowadays everybody is aware that large quantities of sugar are bad for us and a lot of weight problems come down to consuming too much high sugar foods and soft drinks.

But you don't need to be scared of our jams. Modern recipes are nothing like the high sugar recipes your grandparents used. With a better understanding of the process of jam making, we are now able to make fresh, vibrant, low sugar jams that actually taste of fresh fruit. 

Here at Ugly Duck Preserves we only use the minimal amount of sugar needed to preserve and set our jams. A lot of our jams are actually set quite soft and that's because we use a lower sugar percentage. Our jams are made with a very high percentage of fresh fruit, because the more fruit we pack into each jar the more fruit we can rescue! 

Reducing the sugar content in jams also reduces the shelf life. You might remember your parents or grandparents storing their jams for years to come. Modern jams will keep for 6-8 month, maybe longer, but we are sure that is enough time to enjoy our hand-crafted jars before the next seasons produce is available. Once you have opened your jam, store it in the fridge and consume the content within 4-8 weeks.

Enjoy jams as glazes on meat, fish and poultry, as milkshake flavours, over ice-cream, in pastry and cakes and of course on a fresh slice of toast with unsalted butter!