Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Capturing The Taste Of Summer...

Raspberry Jam

Jam is a great way to preserve the delicious fruits of summer.  Its been several years since I made any, but this year, I promised myself that I would make the effort to make enough to fill a shelf in the pantry and have a few left over for gifts.  On a cold dreary winter morning, there's something so comforting about opening up a fresh jar of fruit preserves. Just one sniff, and a little bit of summer returns.

Here's my recipe:

4 pints of raspberries
juice of 1 medium lemon
3 cups of sugar

Step 1.  Put the raspberries and lemon juice in a non-reactive pan ( I use my LeCreuset Pan)
Heat gently at first, this allows the fruit to release its juice.  During this time, mash the berries, till the fruit is soft and the pan is filled with juice.

Step 2.  Add the sugar and stir over a medium heat till the sugar is completely dissolved.  Turn up the heat and bring the jam to a rolling boil, removing any scum that floats to the surface.  Continue to boil the jam for several minutes..., test the jam for setting point after 5 minutes by taking a chilled plate from the freezer and dropping a spoonful on the plate, allow to cool for a few seconds then push your finger through the jam, if it wrinkles and sticks, its ready.    You can also use a candy thermometer, and test the jam when it reaches 220 degrees.

Step 3.  Pour the jam into hot, sterilized jars, put the lids on and seal.  When the jars are cool, wipe down with a damp cloth to remove any excess sticky stuff.



Gluten Free Foodies said...

Beautiful and sounds delish! Great for a last minute gift.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Good Afternoon, Neinah! I have missed you, and I so enjoyed reading through your posts. This jam looks absolutely delicious, and the pictures are works of art.

I'm taking a little break from my break to blog today, and I hope to be back in September. Things here have been just crazy, and our house (among other things) is demanding my undivided attention. The other day, I ended up sleeping for 24 hours. Can you believe it? I was that tired, but I'm feeling better now. I'm with you... when your body says stop and take care of me, it's time to do it!

Miss you...


Sheila :-)

Anonymous said...

I just love raspberries, I'll give it a try with frozen berries, fresh ones get eaten right of the bush here from the kids and buying them fresh isn't cheap. I asume it will work with frozen ones too, and my guess is it will not get enough time to turn bad anyway! hihihihi

Sonja en famely