Making any jam this summer?

(38 Posts)
Fraxinus Sun 21-Jul-13 21:08:22

With the fruit being so amazing this summer, is anyone making any jam?

I am thinking of buying some fruit tomorrow to make a batch of jam with.

I have a small amount (prob 300g) red currants from the garden.... Any suggestions about what I could get to go with them?

Please share your jamming experiences on here, and tell us how delicious they came out!

DramaAlpaca Sun 21-Jul-13 22:41:12

I think raspberries traditionally go well with redcurrants. Yum!

steppemum Sun 21-Jul-13 22:42:48

for redcurrants you really need to make jelly rather than jam, as it is impossible to get all the bits out.

redcurrant jelly is lovely though! And you can eat it on bread or with roast pork

Fraxinus Sun 21-Jul-13 23:34:41

Hi steppe mum, thanks for the suggestion, but I quite like bits and do not have the patience for a jelly bag.

Drama alpaca, raspberries, you say? I might google a recipe to see what proportions might work.

Thanks for the comments

Fraxinus Tue 23-Jul-13 23:08:53

I did strawberries, at is was four boxes for a quid. It is delicious but rather runny......

JamNan Wed 24-Jul-13 12:02:25

If your jam is too runny boil it up again and add some Certo. their website recipe book here then repot it in clean jars. Strawberries are low in pectin which is the 'magic thingie' that makes jam set.

Looks like we are going to have a bumper crop of blackberries and apples this year.

The redcurrants in our garden will be picked tomorrow. They freeze well if you don't have time to make the jam immediately. I will strain through a jelly bag because we prefer redcurrant jelly (don't like pips).

Jam and chutney makes lovely Christmas presents.

Looking at our plum tree there will be jam-making to be done early autumn too!

throckenholt Thu 25-Jul-13 14:20:09

On Monday (morning before it got too hot !) I made redcurrant, raspberry, and red gooseberry - just what happened to be ripe from the garden. Cooked them all up, sieved, then added sugar and a bit of water. Have to say it is very yummy.

ouryve Thu 25-Jul-13 14:23:03

I'll probably be making a bit of blackcurrant again, this year. When I've run out of vodka to flavour with them. Not too much, though. I made loads of it, last year, and it isn't gone, yet!

I have a very productive bush - I get several kg of the bloody things, every year. At least I don't have to top and tail them for vodka!

Fraxinus Thu 25-Jul-13 20:55:31

Ooh black currants. Yum. I am thinking of who I could persuade to drive with me to the pick your own. They say they have black currants and gooseberries... Also I might go for a walk and try to pick some wild bilberries to add into some strawberry jam... What do you think?

Wiifitmama Thu 25-Jul-13 21:02:13

My dh is the jam maker in our family and this past weekend he made cherry jam. This weekend he is making peach jam. And he desperately wants to make apricot jam this season too. We have a shed full of orange marmalades from the winter season too!

Fraxinus Thu 25-Jul-13 21:07:21

Throckenholt... Sounds lovely.

Plum is one of my favourites too. I'll be looking out for damsons and greengages for jam though.

FamiliesShareGerms Thu 25-Jul-13 21:07:34

I have a big big bowl of red currants looking at me waiting to turn into jam / jelly. What do I need to strain it through? probably the muslins from DS that I have recently finally thrown out

Fraxinus Thu 25-Jul-13 21:07:36

Can you make gooseberry chutney?

Fraxinus Thu 25-Jul-13 21:09:34

Hmm, I used a handkerchief instead of muslin for boiling the pectin out of the pips... But not planning on making jelly, as I like the bits.

What do you think about half lemon marmalade, strawberry jam combo?

JamNan Thu 25-Jul-13 22:49:09

@ Fraxinus
Yes you can make gooseberry chutney and it's lovely. I just found a good website with a recipe for goosegog chutney here. One day I must write all these recipes down.

Big bag of redcurrants in the fridge ready for a jamnan jam-making session tomorrow.

Two carrier bags of peas safely in the freezer. After all that shucking they only made one large freezer bag full.

AWeeBitConfused Thu 25-Jul-13 22:57:18

I made strawberry and elderflower jam at the weekend. It was my first ever attempt at jam making and it turned out great I'm still feeling so proud of myself grin
Although I have learnt one lesson do not make jam when the weather is hot because it was unbearable standing over and stirring the boiling liquid but completely worth it in the end.

duchesse Thu 25-Jul-13 23:06:06

Have jam pan full of blackcurrant in kitchen right now. I always wait one night to see if it will actually set (bitten too many times by discovering jarred jam still runny when cooled). I suppose I ought to have put it in jars today. Oops.

Making gooseberry jam tomorrow from a very productive bush in my mums garden. Never made jam before.

Also want to try foraging for blackberries again and making jam, but that won't be for a while yet.

confusedofengland Fri 26-Jul-13 09:24:50

I usually try & make jam each late summer/autumn, as we used to live right near a park that had plum trees (red & yellow), blackberries, sloe bushes etc - all free (council run park so not private property iyswim) & delicious smile Sadly, we have recently moved, but only a few miles away so we may well pop back grin

This year I may take the DSes fruit-picking at a local farm, where the prices are very reasonable. I think they do lots of different fruit there, I know they certainly do at least strawberries & gooseberries. I will then make jam with the fruits of our labour <cheesy pun>

I have discovered a jam recipe book that my mother has which is in French, and has gorgeous recipes such as Strawberry jam with vanilla and a hint of pepper, as well as compotes and preserved fruits in syrup. I am actually thinking about translating it into English (am a translator) & maybe self-publishing on Amazon etc - would you jammy ladies be interested in something like that?

JamNan Fri 26-Jul-13 13:25:54

This jammy jamnan would! smile

confusedofengland Sat 27-Jul-13 07:34:25

Yay, a potential customer grin

Taffeta Sat 27-Jul-13 15:56:52

I made some raspberry jam last weekend and am pondering a blackcurrant raspberry mix as we have masses of both.
Anyone ever mixed these two?

Fraxinus Wed 31-Jul-13 23:27:46

Ooh, sounds good. I have not done this before, but think the raspberry might be overpowered by the black currant a little. Perhaps try a batch 800g rasp to 200g black? I did raspberry and blueberry, it's turned out ok.

Caboodle Wed 31-Jul-13 23:37:45

Oooh....I am a jam novice (done the easy bit...been to Lakeland and bought the jam thermometer etc)...was going to do strawberry but now a bit concerned re previous post about the pectin. Ladies, what are your top tips / essential know-hows?

Fraxinus Thu 01-Aug-13 21:04:30

Do small batches while you get the hang of it. Then if it goes wrong, you have't wasted a lot of ingredients.

Caboodle Thu 01-Aug-13 22:39:06

Thanks Fraxinus

LakeFlyPie Fri 02-Aug-13 22:12:08

caboodle I use the Sophie Grigson strawberry jam recipe and find the lemon juice provides enough pectin for it to set

Caboodle Wed 07-Aug-13 22:41:13

Thanks LakeFlyPie.....I will try it (fingers crossed)

LovingKent Sun 11-Aug-13 12:32:21

Glad I found this thread. Have never made jam before and was thinking of going to a pick your own, picking a load of fruit and making into a jam for Christmas. Has anyone got any reliable recipes? Just did a quick google and there are 100s. Do you really need jam sugar? How long does it keep? Came across a couple of recipes that said 3 weeks in a fridge but I remember my Mum making it and certainly don't remember it only being kept in for 3 weeks nor in the fridge. confused. Would probably make either raspberry or plum as that's what will be available. Thanks smile

LakeFlyPie Sun 11-Aug-13 22:19:30

Do it Lovingkent, it'll give you a taste of summer all year round!

I would say don't use jam sugar, IME it can make the jam a bit chewy.

I think that plums are quite high in pectin so that should be fine, not sure about raspberries, but some lemon juice should do the job.

I went to PYO for strawberries last year but TBH found it a bit disappointing and have just bought fruit from local greengrocers / supermarkets this year and it's probably worked out cheaper as PYO place was a 30 min drive away (also I think their pickers go out very early in the morning and nab all the best fruit before they open for PYO).

MyBoysAreFab Sun 11-Aug-13 22:23:10

I made raspberry jam for the first time recently, and was really pleased how it turned out.

There is a jam-making competition called World Jampionships on at the moment - we should all enter it!

Brillig Sun 11-Aug-13 22:31:09

I made some blackcurrant jelly this week and it came out very well - blackcurrants are bursting with pectin, thus ensuring a good set, so it's a useful one to try if you're starting out.

Now wondering if I should make more. We have 5 blackcurrant bushes planted by the obsessed fruit fiend who owned our house before all heaving with fruit this year, and I've already picked and frozen two enormous bags. There actually seem to be more on there than when I started picking...

LovingKent Mon 12-Aug-13 11:55:45

Thanks for the PYO and jam sugar tips LakeFlyPie. I hadn't thought of that the fruit you pick may not be of great quality. I found this website and thought I'd share it. Lots of jam / jelly / chutney recipes on there and some good tips to get started for us novices grin

www.allotment-garden.org/recipe/146/plum-jam-recipe/

JamNan Mon 12-Aug-13 13:57:09

Bought a huge carrier bag of rhubarb and made some rhubarb and orange jam and rhubarb and ginger chutney.

The Kilner jar people have a good website with helpful hints and nice recipes

There is also a very good How To page.

Another vote here for the allotment gardner website.

I don't use jam sugar but sometimes if the pectin is low and the jam isn't setting I will add Certo, citric acid or lemon juice.

LovingKent Sat 17-Aug-13 07:08:52

Thanks for links JamNan smile

LovingKent Fri 30-Aug-13 19:58:47

I thought I'd report back. Did PYO plums. Only got a small amount so I could just make a small batch. Have made jam but I overboiled it so its rather hard sad but does taste good smile. I used a sugar thermometer as well as doing the wrinkle test. Should have checked more frequently once nearly setting (did every 5 mins but this was too long in hindsight) and was getting indications jam was set before thermometer had reached correct temp. Next time will trust my instincts and rely less on thermometer! Will have another go in a few weeks smile

Cooroo Sun 01-Sep-13 20:46:24

Blackberry bonanza this year! Picked 3.5kg yesterday and today made 14 jars. I made jelly 2 years ago but it's a bit of a faff and we had lovely bb jam at a B&B recently so i did that. Suspect I over boiled first batch but daren't open a jar to check!

Have ordered large preserving pan as mine keeps boiling over. I love to see all the jars lined up but actually making it I find traumatic!

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