rosemary jameson about rosie author teacher artisan kitchen

About Rosie

Preserving is something I have loved doing ever since I can remember – I have memories as a very small person helping my Mother to make jars of jam ready for the Winter. I could only just see over the kitchen table but loved all the neat rows with their cellophane tops and labels.

I made my first chutney alone and unaided when I was about 11 years old - I don't know what my Mother was thinking of - but I was delighted with the result and embarked upon trying out more recipes over the next few years.

Preserving has been a lifelong passion and I have enjoyed experimenting with creating my own recipes which is after all, the roots of preserving in the first place. Our ancestors used what they knew with what they had in order to extend the life of food that they farmed or foraged in order to feed their families, and to survive.

Nowadays, preserving can be more of an enjoyable hobby but is still an important means of making the most of what we grow or harvest or maybe find as bargains at the market. It makes a significant contribution to the family diet by adding nourishment, variety, and flavour to everyday meals. Nowadays, when we are all trying to make ends meet it is even more important to make sure we make the most of all that we can and prevent waste.

about rosie making jam age 5

I now live in rural Rutland with husband Trevor, love good food, chickens and knitting (when I'm not making jam!)

With teaching jam and preserve making and Master Classes, talks and demonstrations, writing, running my own Artisan preserves business and being Nanny to four grandsons, life is busy.

Rosemary and Trevor now concentrate on running their preserves business and teaching jam and preserve making

Lovejars is also a big part of the overall picture with jars, equipment and ingredients all available on-line, with many items that you cannot find elsewhere.

At the same time our other brainchild, The Guild of Jam & Preserve Makers, is at the heart of artisan production forging a link between the artisan members and the official bodies such as Trading Standards and Defra. Keeping pace with the changes in regulations and new developments, it is an invaluable service to those making preserves on a small scale.

Talks and Workshops

I've been presenting talks, demonstrations and hands-on workshops to groups, public events or exhibition features for over 10 years.

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Jam & Preserve Classes

A wide range of hands-on courses with Rosie that will give you the know how on making jams, preserves, chutney.

Learn how to make jam

Jam Guild

Rosemary Jameson is the founder of The Guild, set up over ten years ago to support and advise the artisan preserve community

Read about The Guild