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It’s that time of the year again when all creatures of the night transform into children and come knocking on your door in search of precious sweets and pound coins. Yes, Halloween is rapidly approaching, but there are ways to keep those nasty vampires at bay, and a delicious one at that – garlic jam. I know, I know, it sounds a little off putting, but believe me, it’s one of the more delicious jams you can make or eat. Here’s how you go about making it.


  • 3 large, minced cloves of Garlic
  • 125ml of water
  • 125ml of white vinegar
  • 134g of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of pectin
  • ¼ tsp of canola oil

Bring your garlic, pectin, water, canola oil and the vinegar to the boil.

Add your sugar, and leave to boil for a couple of minutes.

Turn down the heat and allow to cook for five minutes

Stir well and then pour the mixture into glass jars, allowing time to set and refrigerate.

This makes around 175ml of jam, but what can you do with it once it’s made? Well, aside from spreading it on toast for a delicious savoury treat, I’ve used it for cooking roasted vegetables, with just a couple of teaspoons making for a delicious sticky glaze that instantly lifts any Sunday dinner into the heavens. Otherwise, it goes amazingly with pork chops, looking thoroughly delectable as a golden blob next to a chop and vegetables.

Whatever you choose to do with your garlic jam, you can be sure you’re in for wonderful treat across a multitude of meals. More than that even, you’re going to be a massive hit amongst the undead this Halloween.

 This article was contributed by Wares of Knutsford suppliers of the best preserving equipment and jars.