Its always nice being sent something from a company I have not come across before. This time it’s a small producer from the New Forest
Pig’n’Pickles is a small company based on the edge of the New Forest, making homemade chutney to an exceptional standard. Passionate about good food their philosophy is that all their products are made in a domestic kitchen in small batches only with fresh ingredients and no artificial additives or preservatives.
The name comes from Trevor’s wife Cathryn who is very much dedicated to the idea of urban smallholding, keeping chickens & ducks, growing vegetables and rearing Pigs. Hence Pig’n’Pickles!
Ingredients: Red pepper, sugar, tomato (tomato juice, citric acid) red wine vinegar, chilli (1%) ginger, garlic.
For a home made small batch jam, the label design is perfect and beautifully done. The company logo and brand name is beautifully distinctive simple and all in black. Inside the jar you can see a deep tomato chutney kind of red with visible chilli seeds and everything looks very sticky as it should be!
At one percent chilli I have argued in the past whether a product can really be a chilli product but it does contain chilli so I should stop ranting really. When I open the jar I am thinking jam but smelling chutney. This is most likely due to the red pepper and tomatoes. The smell is very pleasing and immediately makes me think of a cheese board.
When you taste the chilli jam you can pick out every ingredient, they are all beautifully balanced. The pepper and tomato is obvious both in taste and aroma, I particularly like the hint of ginger that you can pick up too. To my surprise and slight disbelief you can also taste the chilli too, a lot more than I though. There some real heat in the taste, not to any impressive level as you might expect but a wonderful warming that lets you know the chilli is there before fading into the background and letting the jams other ingredients enhance your chosen dish. This is one jam that I want to have again and again, it feels a little ‘Christmas hamper’ that kind of treat food that you only deserve once a year or so but there’s no reason not to have it all year round
I have used this jam everywhere you would normally use jam, the difference is it’s just tastier than many normal jams. One lovely snack was cheese and chilli jam on toast, I wasn’t bought into the idea I must admit, but a layer of this jam underneath the cheese made for an awesome taste sensation.