Loddon-based Season’s Bounty launches a marmalade made with beer

PUBLISHED: 11:37 06 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:37 06 February 2018

Award winning jam and marmalade maker Ali Barwick (photo: Antony Kelly)

Award winning jam and marmalade maker Ali Barwick (photo: Antony Kelly)

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Ali Barwick, owner of award-winning Season’s Bounty, creates over 25 types of marmalade and her newest venture is made with ale

Marmalade has evolved somewhat from the days of Golden Shred. Now you can pretty much get marmalade made from any vaguely citrussy fruit, and a Norfolk maker is striving to take it on further.

Ali Barwick, owner of Season’s Bounty, has over 22 awards to her name, including seven gold, nine silver and five bronze accolades from the World Marmalade Awards.

Her hands are always indelibly stained with the perfume of oranges, grapefruits, bergamot, or a number of other delicious fruits used in her all-natural preserves. But recently it’s beer that’s wafting through the Season’s Bounty kitchen, as the cook launches Prasto’s Marmalade – made with Prasto’s Porter from West Barsham’s Boudicca Brewery.

Preserves made by Ali of Season's BountyPreserves made by Ali of Season's Bounty

“I’m a big real ale fan,” says Ali, “and I love my dark beers. Prasto’s Porter’s just got one of those flavours I was looking for in a good local dark beer that would do well in a marmalade. I already make two marmalades for Woodforde’s using their beer under their label and they’ve done so well I wanted to do my own.”

Prasto’s Marmalade uses Seville oranges which are naturally bitter, combining seamlessly with the beer. “Because I don’t use any water in this recipe at all and it’s truly just the beer, the marmalade is black as you like with that lovely orange strain coming through. I’m really chuffed with it and it will definitely be one I enter into the marmalade awards.”

A former self-employed gardener, Ali had no idea a few years back that a passion for making marmalades and jams would see her carve out a new career for herself.

Today, Ali makes over 25 marmalades in small batches, priding herself on unusual combinations such as bergamot and grapefruit, limequat (using lime and kumquat) and even marmalades infused with fresh Asian yuzu – £35 per kilo but “worth it”.

“I’ve converted so many people who said they don’t like marmalade. A lot of people, I’ve discovered, they don’t like bitterness and Seville oranges and that’s where I catch them. I give them blood orange, or tangerine, or clementine and lemon and they’ll suddenly say “that’s really nice”. It’s the Seville they haven’t liked, not the marmalade, and they never go back to the shop bought stuff again.”

You’ll find Season’s Bounty products at Cromer Farm Shop, The Norfolk Deli, Walsingham Farm Shop and other outlets in East Anglia.

Check out the Season’s Bounty website and Facebook page

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