New Firm Adds Chutneys To Shetland's Larder

by Alastair Hamilton -

A new Shetland company has launched a range of delicious chutneys, hand made in one of the islands" local halls.

Shetlandeli, based on the west side of Shetland, was established by Jill Franklin, who settled in Shetland a few years ago. The firm is very much rooted in the local community and leases the well-equipped kitchen at the Skeld Hall. Everything is made by hand and the recipes, devised after a great deal of careful experimentation, are proving very popular.

The company say that they're not in a rush to develop the biggest range in the world and would prefer to focus on "amazing taste", exemplified by a chutney, a piccalilli and an onion marmalade.

Jill and other members of her team were recently interviewed on BBC Radio Shetland's "Shetland's Larder" and you can listen to the whole programme, which features some live pre-Christmas cooking and an item on raw food, among other things. It's also a good way to tune in to Shetland's dialect and accents.

Incidentally, "Shetland's Larder", which is broadcast monthly, was a finalist in the first ever Fortnum and Mason Food Awards and was pipped at the post by BBC Radio 4's Food Programme. The regular presenters are Jane Moncrieff and Eunice Henderson and it always makes for enjoyable listening.

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