Making a jam is incredibly easy. I have made a few myself like the apple and berries jam, and mango jam. The proper ratio is 1 part fruits to 1 part sugar. Now we all know that jams are not particularly healthy an item. But it sure adds character to the breakfast... I don't eat jam that often, the only ones I have ever liked were the ones made at home by mom. I do however cannot do without a tiny bit of jam on my scones though... But of course, that is only if I am also having some clotted cream (talk about being healthy :p).
Anyway, here is a stupendous recipe by my dear friend, Rachel, who has done a beautiful job in making fresh jam from fresh foraged treasures...
- 5 Apples for pectin
- 500g of berries... Lots of vitamic C
- 1 kg sugar
- Wash the berries after carefully picking them from the berry bushes. Here Rachel picked the sweetest of the blackberries and juciest and plumpest of the elderberries.
- Next, chop the apples into small cubes and cook with the berries in 100ml of water for 10-15 minutes on medium heat or till the fruits are tender. The berries barely take any time, it's the apple that needs mushying, and the water needs to reduce.
- Now add sugar and cook slowly till completely dissolved and starts to boil.
- So, to test if it is done, gently dip a cold metal spoon and drag your finger across it, if the jam wrinkles, it is ready to set. If not, continue cooking for some more time. Set aside to cool.
- Pour it out in already sterilized jars, which you can do by baking clean jars in oven for 15 minutes in full heat. Make sure to store in a cool place with tight lids on. Refriedgerate once beginning consumption.
They make for such great kitchen addtions. Now, enjoy it as a breakfast bonus, a secret ingredient in your yummy desserts (like I did), or as a gift to someone special (like Rachel did... To me :D xxx).
Whatever you do, just enjoy the jam :*