Angela's 'flexible' jam recipe

Angela's 'flexible' jam recipe

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 50 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

1.2 litres/4 jam jars

Make the most of fruit gluts and try making your own jam - delicious spread on homemade bread

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
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protein
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carbs
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fat
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saturates
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fibre
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sugar
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salt
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Ingredients

  • 900g fruit (blackberries, plums, raspberries or strawberries), prepared weight
  • 900g golden granulated sugar
  • knob of butter

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Method

  1. Put the fruit into a preserving pan or large heavy-based saucepan. For blackberries, add 50ml of water and 1½ tbsp of lemon juice; for plums (halved and stoned), use 150ml of water; for strawberries, add 3 tbsp of lemon juice (no water); and for raspberries, add nothing. Bring to the boil.
  2. Lower the heat. For blackberries, simmer for 15 minutes; for plums, simmer for 30-40 minutes; for raspberries, simmer for 2 minutes; for strawberries, simmer for 5 minutes. The fruit should be soft.
  3. Tip in the sugar, stir over a very low heat until the sugar has completely dissolved. Raise the heat, bring to a full rolling boil, then rapidly boil blackberries for 10-12 minutes, plums for 10 minutes, raspberries for 5 minutes or strawberries for 20-25 minutes - don’t stir though – until the setting point of 105C is reached.
  4. Remove from the heat, skim off any excess scum, then stir a knob of butter across the surface (this helps to dissolve any remaining scum). Leave for about 15 mins so the fruit can settle. Pour into sterilised jars, label and seal.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2009

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bubbles4's picture

Can I use frozen blackberries, would I have to leave out the water?

missaimee's picture

can you eat it straight aster you've made it or does it have to mature like chutney.

louisepownall's picture
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Having never made jam before (and I should imagine never again) I followed this recipe to the letter... I ended up with something that was a cross between jam and gooey bonfire toffee! I assume it ended up being overcooked. I suggest anyone following this watches very carefully (if indeed you know what to look for?!)

sherdy16's picture

I have made a few chutneys and jams and have found if it doesn't set, if I re boil with a bit more sugar and a slice of lemon rind or apple it will then set.........good luck

jojojojo's picture
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I have made this twice now with plums and strawberries. I only make one large jar each time as I am the only one in the family who eats it and this recipe has been great both times with only 400g fruit and 400g sugar.

mother_ship's picture
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I have used this recipe for blackberries very successfully, see above. So I turned to it again, this time for plums but it didn't set :-( Thank goodness for the helpful comments above, I re-boiled with lemon juice, being careful that it didn't catch and I now have a good set, but 1 jar less of jam!

lilmssquirrel's picture
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I made plum jam and started off with four lbs of a beautiful, fruity, just-off-red jam that wouldn't set, despite me having boiled it up to 105c. Then sought advice from my mum (an ex chef) and Delia about how to rescue it.

Reboiled it with the juice of half a lemon and tried the plate test. Couldn't get the wrinkle so left it boiling for another five minutes at which point it burnt and I only managed to salvage 1lb :o(

I used preserving sugar for my jam so maybe that made a difference? Will try again with granulated as I still have a whole load of plums to get through.

zuzzie's picture
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Excellent recipe. This was my first go at jam, had no idea it was so easy!

ncsh556's picture

i did this with plums and it burnt too on the rapid b oil after adding the sugar. i have rescused what i can and will have to see if it tastes alright.
any tips on what i did wrong?

mother_ship's picture
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Picked a load of blackberries this morning and used this recipe this afternoon, very pleased with the results! (I've never really got on with the freezer plate method so happy to have my sugar thermometer to take the guesswork out of it.) And the blackberry season has only just started, I'll be supplying the whole street with jam!

jose81's picture
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A bit too sweet for our liking, and it didn't set properly. I couldn't really tell if it passed the freezer-plate test or not but it had been boiling for 25mins. Very tasty though as a compote with yoghurt, or a little on bread. I'll reduce the amount of sugar next time.

zetallgerman's picture
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In Germany most people use special jam-sugar (with gelatine) to ensure the jam sets. I'm no fan of gelatine (and that type of sugar isn't available here) but found that it helps to add the juice of a lemon to your jam whilst it boils. The added pectin in the lemons makes it set better.
Oh, and also don't have a thermometer... the freezer-plate test works just fine for me every time.

bmorrison's picture
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I made this jam with strawberries and it was excellent. I warmed the sugar in the oven for about six minutes before adding it to the strawberries. I also added jam setter to the strawberries and sugar.

bmorrison's picture
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This jam is fabulous! The best I have ever made. The only changes I made were: I used one kilogram of plums and sugar, I cut the plums into quarters, and I warmed the sugar in the oven and added some jam setter to it. I probably should have added a little more water. I used the plate in the freezer method. I didn't get the same quantity of jam listed in the recipe.

sugaplums's picture
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I have never made jam before+was always a little worried that I couldn't do it, but this recipe is absolutely amazing! I have made 3 lots of jam now ( plum x 1, raspberries x 2), ready for crimbo pressies and they have all tasted AMAZING! Thank you so so so so much. x

chloebalfour's picture
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I am 6 years old and made this jam with my dad. It was fun to make. We used mixed fruit. It tastes good.

arferguson's picture

If you add apples to a jam recipe - is it cooking apples or dessert apples which you use?

smith_jc's picture
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I had 2 kilos of plums (2,000g) and adjusted the recipe accordingly. Worked great, tastes great!! I have enough jam to last until next year! I also made 3 in small jars to give as gifts. Yummy stuff.

kmanganport's picture
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Use this recipe, the jam turned out very tasty. It is a very easy recipe to follow.

juliawhetton's picture
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A prize winner! I made the plum jam (left skins in) added a little ginger, thought it tasted pretty good and took first prize at a flower and produce show (embarrasing as an outsider and not from the village). Thank you GF once again!

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