Norfolk marmalade maker toasts international award

A woman who set up her own preserve-making business from home is toasting her success after entering the World's Original Marmalade Awards for the first time.

Janet Peachey, from Pulham Market, formed Peachey's Preserves seven years ago to help supplement her income.

The 46-year-old is celebrating after scooping two bronze awards after entering the Oscars of the marmalade-making world.

Miss Peachey decided to enter her home-made produce at the World's Original Marmalade Awards, in Cumbria, for the first time. And the preserve-maker walked away with two awards in the artisan category for her Seville orange and chilli marmalade and lemon and ginger ale marmalade.

Miss Peachey said it was an honour to get recognition at the competition, which received more than 1,000 entries from marmalade makers across the world.

The businesswoman, who turned her hobby into a cottage industry in 2008 after being made redundant as a community development worker, said: 'It is a huge honour. It is an international competition and it is big recognition for me and it has boosted my business already.'

And the secret to a winning marmalade?

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'It is all down to taste. I like to chop the peel with not too much pith on it and I do not want it to be too sugary. And a decent set, but not too stiff and rubbery,' she said.