plumsmumMany people know that a tomato is a fruit, but did you know that rhubarb is a vegetable? Our jams, jellies, preserves, chutneys and relishes contain fruits and vegetables gathered at their best. To this we add the following: 

Jams, jellies, relishes and preserves

  • granulated sugar
  • apple pectin, where necessary
  • citric acid, where necessary


  • golden caster, soft brown, demerera or muscovado sugar
  • red or white wine, cider or malt vinegar
  • herbs and spices
  • sea salt

All of The Butch Institute’s fruit based products are designated ‘extra’, made with at least 50g of fruit per 100g of raw ingredients. All our current products are suitable for both vegetarians and vegans. If this changes in the future (the addition of honey to a marmalade, for instance) it will be made very clear on the label.

If you have a food intolerance and would like to know the specific ingredients of any of The Butch Institute’s produce please do get in touch by emailing or use the ‘contact us’ form.

Best before

Sugar is an excellent preservative; we don’t add anything, except a smidge of citric acid where necessary, and that’s to aid the set. Direct sunlight will cause jams, jellies and marmalades to oxidise and turns ruby reds and burnished oranges to dull browns, ruining the flavour. If you keep your jars in a cool, dark, dry place unopened and upright they will keep much better.

Our ‘best before end’ guideline (based on the individual month of manufacture on each jar) is a year for jams, jellies, preserves and relishes, eighteen months for chutneys and two years for marmalades. Once broached, an opened jar should be refrigerated and consumed within three months – but it won’t last that long.

What’s in the jar?

All our products tell you on the label what’s in them and taste of what they’re made of. We like to talk to people when they buy our products about where we get fruit from and take pictures when we pick and prepare it. We’re always looking for new local fruity and foody collaborators. Here’s the fine print for those that want more information.

All Butch Institute products contain no animal ingredients. They are, however, produced in a kitchen where dairy, eggs and honey are handled (separately to our preparation methods) but if you are a very strict vegan we thought you would want to know this. The kitchen is meat and fish free permanently.

Currently, one of our products contains nuts. This is clearly stated on the label.

Currently, several of our products contain alcohol. Again, this is clear from the labelling.

Emma takes allergens very seriously as she carries an epipen herself due to a serious allergy (to strawberries, hence no strawberry jam!). Please do drop us a line via the contact page if you would like any further information regarding ingredients or potential allergens.

Finally, here’s a list of what is in what.

  • Butch jam:

raspberry with vanilla: raspberries, sugar, vanilla bean, citric acid

blackberry and apple with black pepper: blackberries, apples (discovery, bramley), sugar, black pepper, citric acid

rhubarb with stem ginger: rhubarb, sugar, stem ginger, apple pectin, citric acid

apricot with lavender: apricots, sugar infused with lavender, apple pectin

hedgerow fruits with allspice: apple, blackberry, raspberry, redcurrant, blackcurrant, sugar, allspice, citric acid

early rhubarb: rhubarb, sugar, vanilla bean, apple pectin

damson with muscat: damsons, sugar, muscat, apple pectin

plum with cinnamon: plums, sugar, cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon, apple pectin

mango and passion fruit: mango, passion fruit, sugar, lime juice and zest

greengage with vanilla: greengages, sugar, vanilla bean, apple pectin

gooseberry with elderflower: gooseberries, sugar, elderflower elixir (elderflowers, sugar, lemons, citric acid)

tayberry: tayberries, sugar, citric acid

fig and orange with cinnamon: figs, oranges, apples, sugar, cinnamon

chuckleberry: chuckleberries, sugar

peach and nectarine with hazelnut: peaches, nectarines, sugar, hazelnut syrup, apple pectin

  • Butch preserve:

mulled blueberry: blueberries, sugar, orange juice and zest, lemon juice, root ginger, mulling spices (allspice, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg), cinnamon stick, black pepper, apple pectin

peach with vanilla: peaches, sugar, vanilla bean, apple pectin, citric acid

blackcurrant with bay leaf: blackcurrants, sugar, bay leaf, citric acid

cherry bakewell with amaretto syrup and almonds: cherries, sugar, amaretto flavoured syrup, flaked almonds, apple pectin, citric acid

peach melba: peaches, raspberries, sugar, lemon juice and zest

blueberry with lime: blueberries, sugar, lime juice and zest

  • Butch chutney:

green tomato and apple with mustard seed: tomatoes, bramley apple, onion, malt vinegar, soft light brown sugar, sultanas, mustard seed, salt

smoky apple and date: bramley and discovery apples, dates, cider vinegar, sugar, sultanas, garlic, root ginger, mixed spice, smoked paprika, salt

rhubarb, apricot and ginger: rhubarb, apricots, onion, golden granulated sugar, cider vinegar, garlic, orange juice and zest, root ginger, dried chilli flakes, ground coriander, salt, black pepper

mango with cumin and nigella: mango, bramley apple, golden caster sugar, white wine vinegar, sunflower oil, onion, root ginger, cinnamon stick, cardamon pods, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, nigella seeds, turmeric, fresh red chilli, salt

peach and date with ginger: peaches, dates, onion, golden caster sugar, red wine vinegar, garlic, root ginger, salt, black pepper

plum, apple and fig with sloe gin: plums, bramley apple, figs, raisins, sultanas, demerera sugar, red wine vinegar, sloe gin, salt, black pepper

  • Butch relish:

redcurrant with port: redcurrants, sugar, port

mulled cranberry and orange with real silver sparkles: cranberries, orange juice and zest, sugar, cloves, edible silver flake, apple pectin

  •  Butch jelly:

bramble: blackberries, bramley apple, sugar, citric acid

fiery apple chilli: apples (discovery, cox, braeburn), malt vinegar, sugar, minced red chilli, apple pectin

raspberry and redcurrant with prosecco: raspberries, redcurrants, sugar, prosecco

  • Butch marmalade:

tangy lime with kaffir lime leaves: limes, sugar, kaffir lime leaves

zingy Seville orange: Seville oranges, sugar

pink grapefruit with pink peppercorns: pink grapefruit, sugar, pink peppercorns

  • Butch baking:

lavender infused sugar: sugar, lavender

vanilla infused sugar: sugar, vanilla bean

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