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.
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.
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.
As this recipe is totally made from scratch I am entering it into Javelin Warrior’s Cookin w’Luv “Made with Love Mondays” challenge.
- 650g Granulated Sugar
- 385g Strawberries, halve any big ones
- 130g Redcurrants
- 130g Raspberries
- 2 tbsp Lemon Juice + ½ lemon skin
- 10g Butter
- Prepare the fruit the night before by washing and drying thoroughly putting in a glass bowl with the sugar, lemon juice and lemon skin.
- The next day put 3 saucers in the freezer for testing the set.
- Put the fruit mixture into a preserving pan and slowly heat to dissolve all the sugar crystals.
- Then bring the pan to a rolling boil and time for 10 minutes, then take off the heat.
- 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.
- If it’s not ready boil for another 2 minutes at a time and repeat the test.
- Once ready remove scum with a spoon and stir through the butter to remove the excess. (I found this jam particularly scummy).
- 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.