Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Set for a Tasty Jam

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Set for a Tasty Jam

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WITH 20 years as stewardess of jams and jellies at Bellingen Show, and another three as a judge at the Coffs Harbour Agricultural Show, Vilma Neil knows her jams.

She's judging he jams, jellies and preserves again at this year's show, and she knows what she's looking for.

"A good jam is one that is set properly," Vilma says. "So if you tip the jar upside down, it stays put.

"We are also looking for jam jars that are filled to the top and ones that have the really full flavour of the fruit.

"Appearance has a lot to do with it too," she says. "It has to look appealing"

Vilma, who lives in Bellingen, says she loves blackberry jam.

"I used to go to Dorrigo and pick blackberries and they make a wonderful jam, but blackberry is considered a weed so you can't get them as much now.

Of the jams she makes herself, Vilma says grapefruit marmalade is her personal favourite. And she is quick to point out the judging is just that -- personal.

"It all comes down to personal taste really," she says. …

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