One of the things I have wanted to try for ages is jam making.
My lovely daughters gave me a jam making set for my birthday last year and I'm ashamed to say I never used it.
But on Saturday I changed that!!!
I bought some strawberries and jam sugar and had a go.
I thought I'd blog about it so that in years to come (when I'm really good a jam making lol) I can look back at this blog and see where I started.
Well, I bought my Preserving Book a couple of years ago (I seem to plan well in advance don't I) and I have to say it is a really good book with lots of lovely mouth watering recipes.
The ingredients needed are
1kg (2 1/4 lbs) hulled strawberries
6 tablespoons lemon juice
900kg (2lb) jam sugar
Who would have thought just these 3 three ingredients could make something so tasty!!!
So, off I went and bought my strawberries - don't they look tasty?
And I couldn't resist doing a close up shot!!!
Pop strawberries and lemon juice into the jam pan and heat gently until strawberries are soft - about 5 minutes..
Add sugar to the pan and heat gently, stirring until sugar is all dissolved. Then turn up the heat and bring to the boil. When it reaches a rolling boil cook for around 15 minutes until setting point has been reached.
I used a jam thermometer and the temp should be 220F (105C) . Remove pan from heat and check for a set.
I used a cold saucer and put a spoonful of the jam mixture on the saucer, let it cool and pushed with my finger. If it is separates it is set.
I then let it cool slightly and poured it into jars.
Well pleased with myself :) - 'cause it looked really, really good.
Here are my jars with my fancy labels (and smudged writing as well).
Well on Sunday I made some bread and toasted it. I got out my lovely jam and stuck the knife into it.
Problem - definitely not spreadable.
So I had lumps of jam instead of a lovely spread. I can only gather that I let it boil too much.
Any expert jam makers out there agree with that or have any idea what the problem would be?
It does taste delicious though :))
I am going to try again - I will NOT be beaten lol.
Sharing my jammy tale today with