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Ugly Duck Preserves

Ugly Duck Preserves is a boutique food business creating delicious preserves based in Kandanga, QLD, Australia. We work in small batches with 100% Australian grown, seasonal produce, most of which we source between Stanthorpe and Gympie, QLD.

The outstanding feature of our hand-crafted preserves is the produce we use. Whenever we head into the kitchen, the seasons' surplus produce determines the recipes. At Ugly Duck Preserves we believe that food should not be wasted and we therefor source our fresh ingredients farm direct, gathering up their surplus bumper-crops. We also acquire fresh fruit and vegetables that were rejected by shops and supermarket chains because of their non-standard size, shape or colour. To us, taste and freshness of our ingredients are the only qualities that matter, odd shapes and sizes don't.

At Ugly Duck Preserves we only ever use 100% Australian grown produce. All our products are cooked from scratch in small batches. We don't add any nasties, no preservatives, no artificial colours or flavours. All our preserves are vegan friendly and naturally gluten free. We also take great pride in the fact that all our jams, marmalades, jellies and pastes are made without the addition of commercial pectin!

Our Story

Ugly Duck Preserves was created by combining my great love for growing and preserving food and my strong believe that food should not be wasted. Every gardener knows that sometimes all the hard work that was put into growing a certain crop aligns with the perfect weather conditions and all of a sudden you are blessed with a bumper-crop. As home gardeners, we know that too much of one particular crop can be challenging. You grew it, you want to eat it, but you seriously can't eat the same crop every single day. That's when preserving comes in to play. Preserving a fresh harvest ensures nothing goes to waste and your wonderful crop can be enjoyed over a longer period of time.

Unfortunately large commercial growers and small organic farmers alike often face a huge problem selling their not-to-standard-sized fruit and vegetables and due to the short shelf life of fresh produce o lot of fresh food ends up in landfill, compost piles or at a pig farm. This is when Ugly Duck Preserves comes in for the rescue! All our jams and pastes are made from rescued, fresh produce. We fight food waste by taking all those gorgeous "misshaped" ugly fruit and give them a second chance to shine. Ugly Duck Preserves offers a sustainable solution to make use of surplus produce and if you would like to be part of our food rescue network, please get in touch. We are always looking for more fresh produce that we can save.

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