Sunday, November 29, 2009

Mixed Berry Jam

I was cleaning out my freezer recently and found a couple bags of berries - strawberries, raspberries & blueberries to be precise. I freeze these when we get them in abundance & typically use them to whip up smoothies... But now that the cold weather is upon us, smoothies are the last thing on my mind and so I decided to make a jam using them instead. It came together really easily and now i look forward to my breakfast of toasted whole wheat bread, jam & scrambled egg with a mug of ovaltine/boost. Btw, I owe the colour to the addition of blueberries - gave it a nice, deep & intense look.

MIXED BERRY JAM


Ingredients:

Strawberries - about 1.5 cups, chopped
Raspberries - about half cup
Blueberries - about half cup
Apple - half, peeled, cored & chopped into small cubes
Sugar - 1.5 cups (adjust based on sweetness of fruit)

Method:
1) In a fairly deep pot, combine the strawberries, raspberries & sugar and put it on the stove on medium heat until it comes to a boil.

2) Add the chopped apple & blueberries and continue boiling the mixture for about 20 minutes or so, stirring often until it reaches 220F on the candy thermometer. I like a bit of texture in the jam so mashed the fruit a bit with the back of the spoon and didn't make it smooth.

Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight (glass) container/bottle and refrigerating.

NOTE: I would highly recommend buying/using a candy thermometer because it's inexpensive (approx US$4) and takes out a lot of the guesswork about the right time to pull things off the stove.

17 comments:

  1. I am not such a huge fan of jams &its a good change once in a while

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  2. Hmmmm.... Awesome spread of the jam... Very well clicked to make us get the feel of it... Right now I'm hogging some biscuits....Tempted to spread the jam on them & savor...

    Ash....
    (http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

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  3. youve convinced me to buy a candy thermometer!

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  4. Such a yummy looking jam..looks gr8..

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  5. umm i guess hve to look for candy thermometer,...

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  6. Love the colour and jam looks so so yumm.

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  7. Nothing like home made jam. Laavanya, yours looks great.

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  8. That looks good! It looks like you didn't add any pectin. What was the final consistency like?

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  9. Homemade preserve is great way to control the sugar! Looks perfect!

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  10. Wow wat a delicious and eyecatching berry jam, i too love to make out jams by myself at home..

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  11. Amma used to make jams at home only..Pretty color Lavanya..Btw How r u?Congrats on ur new addition!!!

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  12. Jam looks mouthwatering,for me its always Kissan mixed fruit ;)

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  13. wow..all the berries..am sure it tastes awesome..

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  14. Thank you everyone.

    Ashkuku - jam & biscuits are yum.. i spread jam on marie biscuits for a snack.

    A&N, i think the apple did the trick because the consistency was pretty thick. Also, it's impt to have the jam at a rolling boil when cooking.

    Kamala, good to see you again. We are doing good. Thank you :)

    Raks, my husband is also a die-hard fan of Kissan mixed fruit. None of the jams here come close to it.

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