Rosie's Jam Making Classes

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

Rosie's classes at The Old Smithy in Rutland, are friendly, small and designed for the beginner and inexperienced. Every stage of the relevant preserving process will be explained as you work through the day, making the products. Everything that you make you will take home to share with friends and family. The course content is described under each heading, and there is no need to bring anything to the day as all equipment and ingredients will be provided.

Rosie explains:- "The class will start around 10am and will finish at 4-4.30pm - approximately! Please make us aware of any time constraints - we usually just carry on until we have finished as we don't like people to feel rushed, but we do take into account the weather, dark evenings etc etc.

A delicious lunch of locally sourced produce will be provided together with other refreshments - please make us aware - before the day - of any special dietary requirements

The classes are small at The Old Smithy and there is plenty of time to ask questions, to have discussions with fellow class members and to just, well, chat! We know that you will leave us at the end of the day feeling refreshed and enthused - carrying many jars of delicious treats to enjoy at home. You will have made new friends and hopefully have plenty to think about. "

Classes get booked up quickly and as there is only one Rosie - once they are booked they are booked!

*** ALL CLASSES ARE SUSPENDED AT THE PRESENT TIME DUE TO COVID-19. Please contact for further information***

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Class Gift Voucher
If you would love to gift one of Rosie's Classes to a loved one or friend then our gift vouchers are ideal.

You don't need to worry about which Class to choose, or when, just make the voucher your gift and they can choose which suits them best.

Once they receive the gift -...[+]
Preserving Class: Marvellous Marmalade
The first of our traditional marmalade making courses, all of the techniques and some shortcuts. We shall also be making some Seville Orange Curd - Mmm mmmmm!
Preserving Class: Bottling and Canning
These skills are making a comeback - but there aren't so many people who know what to do! These classes will cover a wide variety of ingredients but are essentially aimed at the beginner.

They will be hands on, as usual, and take what you make - everything you will need is provided.
Preserving Class: The Still Room
Not food cooking, but still an important part of the preserving calendar.

The Still Room used to be part of the house where herbs and oils were made into simple household products alongside health and body care salves and remedies.

The day will be hands on, as usual, and take what...[+]
Preserving Class: The Store Cupboard
Like to provide more varied meals for your family?

Like to feel more secure and not so much bound to the supermarket?

Aware of your health and well-being but just don't know where to start?

Come along to our Store Cupboard Class and get your questions answered and your...[+]
Preserving Class: Dehydrating for Travellers
If you love caravanning, camping, sailing or back packing then this course may change your life.
Preserving Class: Lemony Lemons
Lovely lovely lemons - we'll be making a delicious Lemon Cordial, Lemon Curd and Lemon Dill Mustard! Hope you like lemons . . .
Preserving Class: Self Preservation
This Class is less cooking and more information but explores the whole range of possibilities in the preserving World. Quite a fast and furious pace as there is a lot to cover but still plenty of time for discussion and questions.

This class is also ideal as a stage talk to a larger audience...[+]
Preserving Class: First Fruits of Spring
Spring is here heralding the first fresh fruits so we shall use them for rhubarb and date chutney and rhubarb and raspberry jam
Preserving Class: Jam Making for Beginners
If you have never made jam before but would like to - then this is the class for you. Maybe you have had a go but it didn't turn out too well? Come along and get all the tips and tricks you need to be more successful. Work in a small class at your own pace with plenty of opportunity to ask...[+]
Preserving Class: Rosie's Summer Favourites
Plenty of Summer fruits around now - we'll make raspberry jam, blackcurrant beena and courgette and mint chutney. Very fresh, very summery
Preserving Class: The Summer Glut
Up to your ears in courgettes ? Tomatoes ripening on every window sill? Beans, beans and more beans?

We will explore easing the problem for you and will devise some easy stratgeies to see you through.

The day will be hands on, as usual, and take what you make - everything you will...[+]
Preserving Class: Christmas is coming!
Christmas is coming! Learn how to make a delicious luxury mincemeat all ready for the pies plus we'll also be making Rosie's own recipe Red Cabbage & Beetroot Chutney with prunes and balsamic vingar - also a great favourite with many at the festive season!
Preserving Class: Homemade Drinks
Some great ideas for Christmas in this Class - both for using and for gifting. You will be surprised and delighted by what is possible !

This class is also ideal as a stage talk to a larger audience - if this is of interest please email.

There will be information provided, and lots of...[+]
Preserving Class: Last Minute Christmas Gifts
If you are strapped for cash, time or ideas then this class will sort all three for you.

We will spend the day making some simple but impressive last minute gifts and explore some ideas for wrapping and packing

They will be hands on, as usual, and take what you make - everything you...[+]
Professional Training Day
From time to time The Guild of Jam and Preserve Makers (Rosie & Trevor) run training days for those people who are looking for information and support to enable them to go forward with their preserves business.

We meet around 10 a.m. For coffe and biscuits and a short 'getting to...[+]
Bespoke Class
You may have looked at the listed classes an be thinking 'if only I could build my own class for me and my friends and we could spend the day together making whatever we feel like making'.

Well, now you can.

This Bespoke Class build is for you to tailor-make the day of your...[+]
Deluxe Add-On
If you are giving a Class as a gift - or treating yourself - why not add on a Deluxe Preserving Kit to make it extra special?

The kit will be prepared to be taken away at the end of the Class and contains all that you need to get making at home. They are all quality products that we use...[+]
Rosie One-to-One Question Time
per session
If you have questions you would like to ask, need advice over making something or just like to check up on the regulations why not book some on-line discussion time direct with Rosie. Choose a date and time that is convenient to you and as long as you have a camera and microphone via your computer...[+]