In the spirit of my last post and the topic of sharing, which you can find here, I thought it would be fun to share with you the photos of my most recent jam making session. At the very end of it all, once I have turned my home grown fruit into jam, there is nothing better than giving it away to family or friends as a little gift!
I can’t tell you how much I love to use the fruits we have grown to make jams. It’s such an amazing feeling to spread a little bit of that sunshine the fruit has captured over the summer, on to your bread in the morning.
The process of making jam at home has changed a lot over the years. My maternal grandma used to spend a good part of the day, a labour of love one might say, making delightfully, sticky jams from the juicy berries my grandad had grown. In days gone by, jam was a real treat and because it could be preserved, it made the winter months when fruit was a rarity, much brighter.
Thankfully I’m here to say that supermarkets have now made the jam making process at home super easy by supplying a ready made sugar, with the pectin already included. The sugar may vary depending upon where you buy it so it’s always wise to follow the instructions on the packet. I can safely say there is less fussing now during the jam making process and more enjoying the tasty jam afterwards.
If you have never made jam before I would suggest either asking someone who is willing to show you what to do. I learnt all I know from my mum. Otherwise I would suggest that you refer to a reliable source on making jam, one which shows you all the steps.
Please note I have not included all the jam making steps in my post.
Just a few handy tips when making jam:
- The making of jam should be done by adults only as fruit that has been boiled turns into a bubbling, syrupy liquid that is very, very hot. So much so that it can scald you so adults please be careful!
- Children could help you with the gathering of the fruit from small trees or bushes in your garden. A visit to a “pick your own fruit farm” would make an enjoyable day out for the whole family. This is particularly handy if you don’t grow your own fruit and you would like fresh produce.
- Wear an apron over some old clothes. Fruit juices stain.
- Your fruit doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, jam making is an ideal way of using fruit that has been bruised. Just make sure you cut off the yucky bad bits which then need to go in the compost bin!
- Ensure you get everything you need for making jam ready before you begin. Once you get started it really is a quick process and bubbling jam is not something I would recommend leaving whilst you dash off to find something you need.
- Once the jam has cooled down in the covered jars, you will be ready to label your jam with the name of the fruit and the date is was made.
- A jam jar can be dressed up with a pretty lid cover and tag, either for you to enjoy or to give away as a gift to family or friends.
I would love to hear from you in the comments and find out what homemade jams you may have been making this year! I hope you enjoy my photos below: