This year, thanks to a little inspiration from Fox's lane, I decided to make jam.
We have an abundance of blackberries that grow on and around our property, so Ryleah, Alfie and I got to work picking. I didn't need a ridiculous amount as I'm the only one that eats jam in my house so we collected around 1 kilo. It was enough to make 5 or 6 jars. Plenty for me and some for friends and family too!
I also bought some fresh strawberries from a guy who was selling them in town. He was like a door to door strawberry salesman! They were big and juicy looking, yum. I would make jam from these as my first test batch. I thought it might be nice with apples too so strawberry and apple jam it was.
The first batch was a huge success. I never realised just how easy it was to make jam! Have you ever tried it? I used CSR jam setting sugar so it already had all I needed in it's little pack. Is that cheating? Cos I feel like it was too easy.
All you need to do is:
Wash, dry & sterilize your jars, then pop them into a hot oven. It's important for you to have hot jars otherwise the glass will shatter when you pour the hot jam in.
Peel/chop/blend your fruit
Simmer it over a low heat with an equal amount of sugar (I used 1 kilo of fruit : 1 kilo sugar) until the sugar has dissolved
Bring to the boil for 4 minutes
Pour into hot jars
See, too easy right?
If you havn't made jam before, you really should give it a go!
It is really satisfying when you spread it onto a nice homemade scone.
Old fashioned goodness!