From the business’s conception in 1985, I have stayed true to my mission of producing luxury preserves by hand- the way your grandmother would have done it! Unlike most products available today, we can proudly say that our small batch preserves are cooked and bottled by hand in our kitchen (rather than in a mass production factory). Cooking our preserves in small batches has remained a hallmark of our products; it dramatically reduces our cooking times and ensures that our preserves look colourful and taste like something you would make at home. Some of the recipes are adapted from my mother’s, and none of them include artificially derived ingredients- our preserves are made from honest, whole foods and are cooked the old fashioned way!
Wendy Brandon Handmade Preserves has always been a small business. Our team is a modest group of 5, and is run from my home property of Felin Wen. Because it is such a small team, you can almost always find myself or my son, Ian, in the shop or on the phone. We are often open to taking requests, and are happy to ship to our mail-order customers around the world and across the UK. I would also encourage you to pay a visit to Felin Wen should you be in Pembrokeshire, and see the kitchen at work*, as well as our resident iron-age pigs!
I understood the meaning of reusing long before it became fashionable, and have modeled this in the business. Much of our waste from the kitchen is composted to fertilize the heavy clay soil at Felin Wen. We have 15 acres of land planted with gardens, woodlands, fruit trees, and fields which are great for walks and welcome to dogs. Though we can’t grow all of our produce at Felin Wen, you will find that we have cooking apples, plums, elderflower, rhubarb, and herbs on property which have been used in our preserves at one time or another when the year’s crop has yielded enough. We also shred and reuse as much cardboard and paper as we can. Should you place an order for delivery, you will undoubtedly find reused shredded paper for protecting our preserves during transit (and can be reused again in compost, if, like myself, you like to garden!)
To all our customers that have supported us throughout the years, thank you kindly. We hope that you continue to enjoy our preserves. To those of you that are new to our products or website, welcome to Wendy Brandon Handmade Preserves! We hope that you are delighted by what you find, and encourage you to call should you have any queries or requests.
We look forward to seeing or hearing from you!
*please note that we do our cooking in the mornings
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