Friday, 1 August 2014

FOOD: Simple and Sweet, Raspberry Jam

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The smell of raspberry jam bubbling away takes me back to my childhood with my mam and my gran standing over a pressure cooker filled with fruit every summer holiday. It's a tradition I try to continue. While we only managed to freeze about six cups of raspberries - far too many were enjoyed with ice cream I confess, I knew I at least wanted to try and turn some of it into jam. 

Jam making, at least using the more traditional recipes is a lot easier than you might think plus this recipe doesn't even call for any setting agent. It's a recipe taken from Martha Stewart - one I skipped on a couple of steps because I could never drain seeds out of raspberry jam - for me that's a no no. I like my seeds damn it. This recipe will make you one jar - handy if you want to make a small batch quickly - plus it's easy enough to double, triple up the quantities if needs be.

So to the recipe we go. You'll need;

2 1/4 cups of raspberries
1 cup and 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
Zest of one large orange divided
1 1/8 of a teaspoon of lemon juice
Pinch of salt

Before you start jam making, take a saucer and place it into your freezer - you'll need it for testing your jam in a sec. Add your raspberries, sugar, salt, lemon juice and half of the orange zest into a pan and boil away. Once it reaches a roaring boil (when it really starts going for it) set a timer for 8 to 10 minutes. Make sure to keep stirring and you can even do some mashing at this point, although be careful because with such a boil it lets to spit out every so often.

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Once it starts to thicken, take out your saucer from the freezer and stick a blob onto it, hold it to an angle and it should hold most of it's shape and look firm. When it reaches that point, throw in the remaining orange zest, give it a quick stir and pour into your jar. Cool it off before sticking it into the fridge. 

While we're talking about raspberries - if you want a great way to freeze berries of all kinds that won't make them all squishy - lay them on a freezeable tray and pop into your freezer for a couple of hours or over night. Then bag them up. They'll keep their shape and won't be all stuck together!

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Now I just have issues of eating the jam straight from the jar!

How do you like your jam?

12 comments:

  1. I've never made my own jam before, but I do like jam. I think apricot is my favourite flavour :)

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    1. Mmm apricots are tasty! We picked up this really tasty rhubarb and strawberry jam while we were away last year, so good!

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  2. I've never made jam at home before, I had this wild notion that it was too tricky and involved things like candy thermometers and the like. I absolutely love the stuff though, particularly raspberry jam and yes, with the seeds still in!

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    1. Some recipes make it a lot hard than it needs to be especially with all the extra ingredients and equipment but common sense goes a long way, that an practice. And yeah, I was keeping those seeds in for sure!

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  3. My husband LOVES jam, I should be a nice wife and make him some homemade jam! hehe Thanks for sharing :)

    Jessica

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    1. Hha you should! I'm sure he'd love some.

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  4. I've never made jam before but the thought of how great it would make the house smell makes me really want to try it!

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    1. Mmm the smell is so enticing for sure!

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  5. This looks incredible! I've never tried to make jam before because I assumed it was super difficult and time consuming but this doesn't sound so bad. (And I agree, definitely need the raspberry seeds in!)

    Sorcha x Bright Field Notes

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    1. Yeah there's some recipes out there that make it a load harder and more complicated than it really needs to be which can be rather off-putting for sure!

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  6. I'd love to make my own jam! Raspberry jam is my absolute favourite too. I've been hunting for some of those clip seal jars over here in the UK and haven't had much luck - want to try making some overnight oats in them but I'm sure if I had some I'd also want to do some jam making! I always saw it as quite a complex thing to do, but I guess not! x

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    1. Mine was an estate sale find but yeah, they aren't so easy to come across aside from being storage for your coffee/sugar jars that's for sure.

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