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Strawberry, Raspberry & Redcurrant Jam

Strawberry, Raspberry & Redcurrant Jam

It appears I have become a jam maker this summer so I’m sorry if jam is not your thing! Even my daughter has got the bug by proxy, so when we went fruit picking recently instead of thinking about eating the fruits of our labour when we got home we had jam on our minds. It seems that the combinations of fruits are endless and there really are no rules about what goes with what, mother nature has done all the hard work. I do know that barely ripe fruits are best for jam making so picking your own fruit and then making it straight into jam is ideal. I did have the dilemma as to whether I should wash my raspberries and in the end decided that as I’d picked really firm, only just ripe ones I would (I span them dry in my herb spinner which worked well). I don’t like the thought of pesticides in my jam especially for my children but it is important not to have wet fruit or it will affect the set of your jam. Kitchen roll is also good for drying fruit.

Strawberry, Raspberry & Redcurrant Jam

Beautiful fruit makes beautiful jam:-)

I was very pleased with this jam as the redcurrants gave the jam a fresh tang and we all enjoyed it on my Spelt & Wholemeal No-knead Loaf which I made with white and wholemeal flour for a change.

Strawberry, Raspberry & Redcurrant Jam

As it’s summer holiday time, forgive me for not doing the usual step by step guide, I think you can refer to all my other jam posts if you’d like to see one.

Strawberry, Raspberry & Redcurrant Jam

As this recipe is totally made from scratch I am entering it into Javelin Warrior’s Cookin w’Luv “Made with Love Mondays” challenge.

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Strawberry, Raspberry & Redcurrant Jam
 
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A medley of Strawberries, Raspberries and Redcurrants with a fresh tang!
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: British
Serves: 2 standard jars
Ingredients
  • 650g Granulated Sugar
  • 385g Strawberries, halve any big ones
  • 130g Redcurrants
  • 130g Raspberries
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice + ½ lemon skin
  • 10g Butter
Instructions
  1. Prepare the fruit the night before by washing and drying thoroughly putting in a glass bowl with the sugar, lemon juice and lemon skin.
  2. The next day put 3 saucers in the freezer for testing the set.
  3. Put the fruit mixture into a preserving pan and slowly heat to dissolve all the sugar crystals.
  4. Then bring the pan to a rolling boil and time for 10 minutes, then take off the heat.
  5. Put a drop of jam on a cold saucer and leave for a couple of minutes then run your finger through it. If it’s ready it will crinkle slightly.
  6. If it’s not ready boil for another 2 minutes at a time and repeat the test.
  7. Once ready remove scum with a spoon and stir through the butter to remove the excess. (I found this jam particularly scummy).
  8. Ladle the jam into warm sterilized jars and seal with a lid immediately. If using wax discs put them on the hot jam let the jam cool and then put on the cellophane lids with elastic bands.
Notes
To sterilize jars and lids either take them from the dishwasher or pour boiling water into them and then heat for 20 minutes in the oven at 120°C and leave in oven until jam is ready.

Strawberry, Raspberry & Redcurrant Jam

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  1. Maya Russell

    I think it’s brilliant that you make your own jam from produce from your garden. A salad or herb spinner is a good idea to get rid of the water off washed fruit.

    1. Camilla

      Erm, the fruit was picked at our local farm:-)

  2. Heather Haigh

    I alwasy wonder what to do with the redcurrants from the garden as they are so sour. Must try this.

  3. Samantha Fernley

    I have all these from my allotment and will try this. First time ever making jam was last year and it was a lot easier than what I thought it would be.

    1. Camilla

      Yes jam is just about being organised and learning as you go along really, I love jam making:-)

  4. Maya Russell

    A wonderful mix & match jam recipe. Thanks.

  5. Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand

    Fruit picking is a great activity for the family isn’t it? Lovely fruity pictures Camilla – a perfect representation of Summer! I’ve never tried redcurrant in a jam before but it does look very nice. Would be a nice welcome for some warm scones too :-)

    1. Camilla

      I hadn’t had redcurrant in jam before either only as a jelly with meat. I knew that they would be quite sharp and we love eating them just with sugar so I kept the amount small to just give a tang, which worked really well:-) Scones are alwasys good!

  6. Javelin Warrior

    You won’t hear me complaining about more of these tasty jams, Camilla! I love this combination of strawberries with raspberry and redcurrent. Such a beautiful color and I’m sure the flavor is marvelous…

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Mark, I realised after I’d written that comment that anyone who didn’t like jam, probably wouldn’t have got as far as actually reading my post LOL. I’m really loving jam making as it’s so easy to make and so rewarding as you can eat the fruits of your labours for months after:-)

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