Making excellent jam is really quick and easy and anyone can do it. You only require a few basic pieces of equipment that you may already have in the kitchen; a large pan, a wooden spoon and of course some empty glass jars.
The Duchess of Cambridge recently revealed that she loves to make fruit jam at home while she’s waiting for Prince William. Kate Moss also loves home-made preserves and is launching her own brand of plum conserve made from fruit grown on her Cotswold estate. How about you, are you making any preservers this summer? If so, here are some excellent tips from Friends of Glass on how to make your jam top notch!
Start with Tested Recipes
For best results, always use tested recipes from a reliable source. Measure ingredients carefully and follow the directions exactly. Do not change the amount of sugar or fruit. Do not substitute one type of pectin for another.
Use Glass Containers
Glass containers are good for jams because the glass won’t react with the acidity of the fruit. Glass is also preferred since you can see the contents. Here are Jamie’s food team’s top tips on how to sterilise and prepare your jars.
In late summer, farmers’ markets come alive with sun-ripened fruits. Why not share their flavours with gifts of jams artfully presented in glass jars? You can also add a pretty cloth over the lid to give your pot of homemade jam a vintage feel.
Make Small Batches
Making small batches means that it will take less time for your fruit to be cooked to softness. The less time the fruit is on the stove, the fresher its final flavour will taste.
Get a Jam Funnel
If you’re a bit of a messy cook, it’s a good idea to get a jam funnel. It’s so easy to use, just sit it inside the rim of the jar and it will stop the jam dripping down the side and onto your worktop.
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