Peach Jam

I guess whenever you go fruit or vegetable picking, you end up picking a lot of them and then to finish them off you have to search for good recipes.

We have had picked up a pretty good number of peaches. Few of them we gifted to our friends while even then a good number of them remained. My mum ate 1 or 2 but rest of us didnt enjoy them just like that. So I decided to prepare a jam. A jam can be eaten as a sweet with bread or as an ingredient in some other dish.

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Recipe :

Ingredients :

  • 2 big size ripe peaches (size should be such that they should yield atleast 2 cups or 500 ml of pulp)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 sticks of cinamon
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • water

Method :

  1. Wash the peaches thoroughly. Put a medium cross with a knife on pne side of peach. This will help to peel off the skin.
  2. Take a sauce pan  and fill it with water. Put the peaches in this water and allow to boil for 10 mins.
  3. Allow to cool  Peel off the skin and roughly chop the flesh. Put the pieces in a blender and make into puree. In case,  you like to have pieces in your jam then ypu can skip the step of blending into puree and use chopped pieces directly. (I used two big sized peaches, that gave me around 500 ml and above puree)
  4. In another thick bottom non stick pan, put the peach puree, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon sticks. Mix well.
  5. Heat the mixture on low heat and keep stiring. Just be cautious as the mixture tends to flash out as it thickens. Check the taste and add more sugar if required.
  6. As the mixture thickens and reduces, put a drop of it in a bowl of water. If it maintains its form like a drop at the bottom, that means the jam has begun to set.
  7. Put off the flame and pour the jam in a glass jar which had been sterlized well (the bottle and the lid).
  8. Enjoy the jam with bread or as is.

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Strawberry Jam

Strawberry picking is currently out of season. However, strawberries are still on sale in the farm markets till stock lasts. While exploring the farm market, I picked up a box of strawberries thinking I could use them in preparing the filling for macarons or some flavored buttercream or whipped frosting.

I decided to prepare strawberry jam from these and so explored a lot many recipes. Most used an artificial agent pectin to turn the fruit mash into a jelly based item. However I wanted to avoid it. Instead, increased the cooking time so that the jam sets.

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Recipe :

Ingredients :

  • 1 lb(454 gms) strawberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice

Method :

  1. Discard the spoilt or about to get spoilt strawberries.Wash rest of the strawberries thoroughly. Cut the stem and leaves. Chop the selected strawberries into pieces.IMG_20160809_111426
  2. Put them in a blender and make into puree.IMG_20160809_111935
  3. In a non-stick saucepan, mix the strawberry puree, sugar and lemon juice.IMG_20160809_112632
  4. Heat on medium flame till boiling hot. Keep stiring continuously.IMG_20160809_114714
  5. Cook till the mixture thickens and starts leaving the sides. To check if the jam has reached the right consistency, take a bowl of water and put a drop of jam in it. If the jam settles at the bottom of the bowl and stays as a drop, it means the jam has begin to set.
  6. Put off the flame and pour the jam in a glass jar which had been sterlized well (the bottle and the lid).
  7. Enjoy the jam with bread or crackers.

 

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