They have been a staple of church fetes for centuries, and a vital source of parish funds, but jams and marmalades have now been deemed too dangerous for sale.
The Church of England has written to parishes warning them that conserves should not be sold in jars that have been previously used because of new food-hygiene regulations.
“You can re-use jam jars at home, and you can use them for private gifts to friends; what you are not allowed to do is to make jam, put it in re-used jam jars, then either sell it or even give it away at a public event,” warned the circular from the Churches’ Legislation Advisory Service.
It added: “This looks like a spoof, but it’s not. We contacted the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and were told that this is, in fact, the case.”
More – if you can stomach it – here.
Personally, I prefer honey.