One to ever broaden my horizons with new experiences and experiments, I've discovered a new found love of making my own jams!!
It never really interested me before because it seemed like waaaaay too much effort when I can go to Asda and buy a 28p smart price jar of jam. Without the need for sugar thermometers and my kitchen turning into a gloopy stained mess.
Turns out it's actually quite easy to make the perfect jam at home. Not only that but there is a silent satisfaction in knowing you've produced something quite spectacular all by yourself. I actually stumbled upon the idea of making my own jam completely by mistake. I'd made a cherry and pear crumble one evening and there was lots of fruit & juices left over and me being me ( I hate food waste) decided I could use the left overs for something.
This is when I came across a simple jam recipe and put it to the test after making a few tweaks here and there. Completely by chance it produced the most delicious cherry and pear jam that I had on toast the next morning. Never one to be fully satisfied and forever pushing my own creative boundaries, I then went on to make a blueberry jam, a raspberry jam and a strawberry jam. Without a shadow of a doubt, the blueberry is my personal fav! I have it with toast, cinnamon bagel thins, in my porridge and with Greek yoghurt and granola.
I love it so much so, that I've just made my second batch in as many weeks. More surprisingly to me was that because they're made with fresh fruit (and I try to use as little sugar as possible as I feel there is already plenty of natural sugars in the fruits as it is) they're actually really low in calories with roughly 15 Cals per tablespoon.
To make the jam you literally only need two ingredients.....
450g of one of the following fruits of your choice..
4 tablespoons of sugar.
The reason I have only suggested berry fruit is that they have natural pectin in them which lessens the need for any additional ingredients and therefore makes this a more natural and wholesome jam. I adore knowing there's no additives or nasties in this, it makes my heart happy. Many fruit jams are made with the addition of pectin for thickening. Jam without pectin is a little softer and a little looser than store bought jams.
Whilst it only has two ingredients, the secret to perfecting jam really does rely on the method- that is where the magic happens guys. Firstly- Put a table spoon in your freezer. Trust me.
If you decide to give my recipe a go and make your own jams, please feel free to email me your makes, I always love seeing them.
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