I have never made my own jam much because the last time that I made it, I cooked it way too long and it turned into a solid blob! So now I have plucked up the courage to give it another go and it turned out really good! I thought I would start with your standard strawberry jam. It has a bit of a tangy flavour to it because I didn't add anywhere near as much sugar as what most jam recipes tend to use. Plus using rapadura makes it that bit more healthy. Next time I want to try making jam with summer fruit so stay tuned for that!
Ingredients (makes about 400ml):
- 500g strawberries, washed, hulled and roughly chopped
- 1 green apple, peeled, cored, roughly chopped
- 1/2 vanilla bean, halved lengthways
- Juice of half a lemon
- 200g rapadura sugar
Add all ingredients to a saucepan. Bring to the boil and reduce heat to simmer for around 40 minutes, stirring often. Check to see if the jam is set (put a small blob of jam onto a cold plate - when set, it will be thick in consistency and not move much when the plate is tilted). If not set, cook for another 10 minutes at a time and check again. I cooked mine a total of 60 minutes. Pour into a sterilised jar and store in the fridge.
If you have a Thermomix, you can cook your jam on 100deg/sp2 (with rice basket on top of the lid instead of the MC) following the instructions above.