Home made plum jam
For some reason I had always thought that making jam was an art in itself and something that only grannies did or at least that it was something that just wasn’t done anymore… Then I started seeing some great photos from Thorsten on his flickr account and I soon found out that it was still something very much in style and something that is actually quite easy to do.
I had bought jelly sugar and fresh plums the other day, so I figured that today was the day I would be making my own jam for the first time (it might also be the last time, who knows..:))
Yesterday Tom had already cleaned a couple of old jam-jars in the dishwasher, so I was ready to go. I cleaned the plums, cut them into pieces and put them in the kitchen machine. I had read that for plums you have to use the pit as well and add them in a tea-egg to the cooking mix. Not sure why, but I am sure there is a good reason for it, so I did. I mixed the fruit with the sugar and let it boil for four minutes.
I had put the jars on a wet towel, which supposedly will make them stay in one pieces once you pour the boiling liquid on top of it, but…. I am not sure if it has worked.
You put the jam in the jars, close it and then turn upside down. But when I looked at the bottom of the jars a little bit closer it appears as if there is a round circle in the glass that wasn’t there before (or I haven’t noticed) I can also feel the ridge with my nail, so not a good sign I would say. It’s cooling now, so fingers crossed the glass will hold!!
Update; it seems that the glass is fine. I will throw them away as there is something not entirely right at the bottom of the jars but nevertheless; for now they seem to hold. Ofcourse the first thing we did this morning was have toast with jam for breakfast and it is quite tasty, although very very sweet. I think I will try and make it a little less sweet for next time. I was amazed anyway at the amount of sugar I had to pour in!! You know where your mind knows that there is a lot of sugar in jam, but it never really hits you untill you make it yourself.
I do think that – now I know how easy it is – I will definitely make new jams but maybe in very different variaties, that you cannot buy in the normal store… hmm…
But for today; I am first going to make fresh pesto for a lovely mozarella sandwich tonight! More to follow on that!