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Claire’s Handmade began at home in 2003 with my mother’s treasured Aga jam pan, my grandmother’s plum chutney recipe, our Rayburn, some plums and a handful of glass jars. Our professional catering background gave us the knowledge to understand the various regulations, and Claire’s Handmade was born.
We took our Old Fashioned Plum Chutney to a local farmers’ market and customers loved it. We were delighted and inspired by the comments made that day by all the people that tasted our chutney.
It soon became obvious that we couldn’t produce enough chutney from our kitchen at home and so we moved into dedicated purpose-built kitchen. The business, in the heart of the north Cumbrian countryside on the edge of the Lake District National Park, has continued to grow and we have gained many loyal preserve-loving friends.
Over the years, we have won numerous ‘Great Taste Awards’, ‘Best Overall Preserve in the North West’ and the “Lake District Life Food Heroes Award’.
INGREDIENTS & MAKING
We love making chutneys, pickles and preserves!
We have been doing it for years and have always believed that good quality ingredients are an absolute must – a principle we have stuck to as we have grown. We have only three rules – no artificial flavours, no artificial colours and no artificial preservatives. The term ‘preserves’ whether sweet or savoury, naturally speaks for itself.
The nature of the ingredients and method of preparation ensures the ‘preservation’ of our products.
Alongside natural ingredients; small batches and traditional methods play a part in the popularity of our products – as does the personal experience of our cooks. They can make allowances for the natural variations in our ingredients and know when a jam, chutney or other preserve is cooked to perfection.
Of course we couldn’t have gone further than our first farmers’ market without our fantastic customers to whom we are extremely grateful. Their loyalty is heartwarming and we know they appreciate good food and share our passion for hand-made products.