Homemade raspberry jam
An easy recipe for a novice jam maker. Another way to utilise your spare, tasty allotment crop.
- 1 lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 1 kg raspberries
- 1 kg jam sugar with pectin
- Prepare and sterilise your jars. Put a plate in the freezer to chill which will be used later to test the consitancy of the jam. Put half the raspberries into a pan with the lemon juice. Mash the berries whilst over the heat and leave to cook for 5 minutes. Sieve the cooked berries over a bowl to catch the juice. Press the pulp through the sieve until you are left with just seeds.
- Pour the sieved fruit back into the pan and stir in the sugar. Heat gently and add the remaining raspberries. Bring to the boil, and rapidly boil for 5 mins. Collect your chilled plate, remove the jam from the heat and spoon some jam onto the plate. Push the back of a spoon through the jam and check that it wrinkles and has the consistancy of jam. If it doesn’t, boil for a couple more minutes and repeat the test.
- Stir well as it cools to reduce the amount of sediment that appears on the top of the jam. Divide the jam between the jars and seal. It will keep unopened for a year, although the lovely bright colour will fade a little over time. Once open, keep refridgerated.
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