Pam Corbin 'Pam the Jam!'
It is truly a huge honour and privilege to have been invited, by The Guild of Jam Makers to be their Patron. And it is to Rosemary Jameson I turn, to give heartfelt thanks for her confidence that I can do the job. Rosemary’s boundless enthusiasm is relentless and her ability to market the utilitarian jam jar is quite astounding. The yearning ‘of getting back to basics’ and knowing how and where our foods come from couldn’t be more prevalent these days, ‘the simpler the better’ many would say, and what could be better than a jar of home-made, home-grown raspberry jam.
People often ask how I have become so inextricably linked with jam and bottled things (and by the way it wasn’t because my name rhymes with jam). It all started (well seriously) some 20 odd years ago when Hugh (my husband) and I veered from a safe and dependable way of life and headed to West country to make jam. Hesitant and doubting friends couldn’t understand why... Hugh and I took ownership of Thursday Cottage in 1989 and with a team of spirited jam makers spent the next 14 years producing what we believed to be the best jam in the world. Under new ownership, the Company has moved to the jam makers’ fruit-growing paradise of north Essex where another team of splendid jam makers continue to make outstandingly good preserves.
I didn’t take to the role of being a redundant jam maker, so when Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall asked me to write the River Cottage handbook on Preserves I leapt at the chance (and challenge) of doing it.
Enough of me, for it am the brainwave of Rosemary Jameson to launch both The Guild of Jam Makers and the ground-breaking SwapCrop scheme we need to celebrate. The association is dedicated uniquely to help the growing numbers who either enjoy or want to learn the timeless skill of bottling sunshine whilst SwapCrop is an ingenious way to ‘share any spare’. With such exciting times ahead, I would like to thank Rosemary for her inspirational vision and wish her much success for the future of The Guild and for that of the indispensible jam jar too!
With best wishes happy jam pan days,
Preserves by Pam Corbin
River Cottage Handbook No2
Preserves by Pam Corbin
Sensible, understandable advice and information, with over 75 recipes encompass traditional favourites. It also includes seasonal tables, preserving process flow charts, a directory of equipment and useful addresses