Friday, 20 August 2010

Cherry, Blueberry, Redcurrant Jam

Ingredients: makes approx. 2 x 1 lb. (500g) jars.
1lb. mixed berries -
cherries (bitter are very good), blueberries, and redcurrants* (depipped, destalked etc.)

1 apple - peeled, cored and cut into smallish pieces

1 lemon - juice only

Simmer all the ingredients for approx. 20 mins. until the fruit is soft and shiny. Stirring.

* if you dont use redcurrants, you wont need to sieve the jam - supplement with other fruit instead.

For 8ozs. of sieved puree add 6ozs. of sugar - (jam sugar or other).

Boil gently - stirring so it doesn't stick - until 'jammy'.

I think you get a firmer set with Jam Sugar as it has added pectin.

Test for readiness, by putting blobs onto a cold saucer - if it wrinkles and sets - it's done.
Dont overcook the jam - it's better slightly softer than too thick.

Cool slightly, pour into sterilised jars* and seal.
I find a jam funnel is very useful as the jam tends to go straight into the jars, rather than everywhere else!

*I sterilise my jars in the oven at 190 deg. C, for approx. 20 mins., and sterilise the lids by pouring boiling water over them - though you can put them in the oven too. Do take care when removing the hot jars, and cool them down before filling them with the jam.

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