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Are those waxed paper circles really necessary when making jam or can you just use ordinary lids?

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TooTicky Mon 11-Aug-08 09:45:04

Just wondering really. I mean, when you buy jam it doesn't come with paper on the top.

DaisyBuchanon Mon 11-Aug-08 09:56:27

It's always been a mystery to me too. I don't bother, but then do tend to keep homemade jam in the fridge. I think as long as the jars are well-sterilised (I wash them well and then dry them in the oven) you'll be fine.

TooTicky Mon 11-Aug-08 10:12:16

Presumably you sterilise the lids as well?

littlerach Mon 11-Aug-08 10:21:59

I put greaseproof paper on top, then the lid.
Think MIL does htis, so I did it too. blush

hopefully Mon 11-Aug-08 10:24:36

I always assumed that it was meant to keep the jam totally airtight - ie any bugs in the air in the bit between the jam and the lid would not touch the jam and grow mould. Not that I ever use them though, and it never seems to make any difference...

ThatBigGermanPrison Mon 11-Aug-08 10:35:00

I use cling film.

jam that you buy is vacuum sealed, but that's difficult with jam you make.

I want to go blackberrying soon, does anyone know if they are out in the midlands yet?

EachPeachPearMum Mon 11-Aug-08 20:44:49

I am in Bham, and have seen many ripe ones in local wilderness gardens smile
Not seen enough together to go collecting though...

Y'know ThatBigGermanPrison every time I see your new name, I read it as 'Bigger Man Prison' like for especially tall men to be locked away or something!

TooTicky Mon 11-Aug-08 22:52:07

No more waxed paper then - I shall live dangerously from now on grin

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