To my surprise
Sometimes I surprise myself and this week I did just that. I have been wanting to make jam for ages but have always been a little nervous about giving it a go. As a child I watched my parents make jam on a regular bases - but to be honest, I didn't pay much attention to the process they used. So the other day I rang up my dad and got a step-by-step recipe of how to make jam. So thanks dad for your great advice as it worked and I now have delicious homemade jam.
Here are my 1.5 kilograms (3.3 pounds) of strawberries - sadly not homegrown, bought from the supermarket but reasonably priced.
I'm not one for following recipes to the letter - so I thought I would add some frozen raspberries (about 1kg) however I knew this might cause me some grief down the line with the amount of sugar, but I just ignored all of that!! No harm in taking risks!!
After softening the fruit on gentle heat with 4 tablespoons of lemon juice and a little water (I could have skipped the water) I then added 1.5 kg's of warmed sugar plus Jamsetter. I wasn't game enough to not use Jamsetter on my first batch of jam. The recipe said to boil vigorously for 5-10 mins and test for setting. Due to more fruit than sugar I boiled for 20 mins before it decided it would start to set. There were a few moments of concern . . . but if it didn't set, it was going to make the best sauce!!! So I wasn't too worried.
I just loved the colour of this jam.
I made 7 jars of jam, however I now only have 6 as my son has taken a jar around to his girlfriends. I have been collecting glass jars for a couple of years now so I have quite a collection to make jams.
I just couldn't help myself, I had to try it. So after a few hours I had a slice (or 2) of homemade bread with homemade strawberry and raspberry combo jam. It was delicious and it was set. What more could I ask for.
PS In summer I might try my hand at apricot jam and perhaps tomato sauce.