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Title: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: marmee on August 12, 2009, 03:40:23 am
Tried the strawberry jam in the EDC but it wasn't very nice at all.  Maybe I did something wrong?

Do you have a recipe you can share with me - for any fruit jam (although not keen on orange)?
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Post by: brazen20au on August 12, 2009, 03:44:18 am
mine have all tasted great but turned out like sauce lol
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Post by: Chelsea (Thermie Groupie) on August 12, 2009, 04:40:58 am
Strawberry jam is really hard to set - the hardest of all the berries according to my Mum (a jam maker from way back). Unless you buy a commerical bottle it is rarely well set.  I made some blackberry jam last week and it is just beautiful.  It is a really basic recipe, but I will post it in the jam section for you.
Chelsea  :)
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Post by: marmee on August 12, 2009, 05:32:23 am
Oh yum!  Thank you so much for sharing.  Love blackberries....
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Post by: riv_mum on August 12, 2009, 07:59:56 am
Have made raspberry jam using jam setter. Very yum and set perfectly. Just needed to increase the time by nearly double and leave the cap off to allow the steam to escape. I dont like my jam to be very sweet so decreased the sugar.
 
Both apricot and my peach and passionfruit jam worked perfectly. Again less sugar and slightly more time but very thick and set well.
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Post by: Thermomixer on August 12, 2009, 08:04:43 am
You can add a blitzed apple to help it set - try blitzing it on speed 9.  You can leave the pips in, but even if you just take out the brown pips and leave the rest of the core and the peel, then it will help set it ( and shouldn't affect the appearance or flavour significantly.
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Post by: CarolineW on August 12, 2009, 07:00:23 pm
Half a lemon is the other classic for encouraging set - and the flavour compliments most jams.  Alternatively, consider using jam sugar, which is sugar with added pectin.  That's what I use when I'm making strawberry jam because yes, strawberries are low in pectin and so a bit challenging. 

I haven't had a jam not turn out as yet, although I've had to fiddle with them occasionally.  They've all tasted fantastic.  So don't give up!  You'll soon be turning them out without batting an eyelid!

I'm not near my recipe books at the moment, but I'll try and look out another jam recipe for you to try.  In the meantime, here's one from the uK thermomi site.  Haven't tried it myself, but haven't had one of their recipes fail on me yet

http://www.ukthermomix.com/recshow.php?rec_id=30
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Post by: Novello on August 18, 2009, 11:04:18 am
Half a lemon is the other classic for encouraging set - and the flavour compliments most jams.  Alternatively, consider using jam sugar, which is sugar with added pectin.  That's what I use when I'm making strawberry jam because yes, strawberries are low in pectin and so a bit challenging. 

I haven't had a jam not turn out as yet, although I've had to fiddle with them occasionally.  They've all tasted fantastic.  So don't give up!  You'll soon be turning them out without batting an eyelid!

I'm not near my recipe books at the moment, but I'll try and look out another jam recipe for you to try.  In the meantime, here's one from the uK thermomi site.  Haven't tried it myself, but haven't had one of their recipes fail on me yet

http://www.ukthermomix.com/recshow.php?rec_id=30
Tried the strawberry jam recipe from the book but very very runny and continued to 'cook' in 3 minute stints like it said and gave up after about 30 minutes - jam tastes nice but is runny like pouring sauce.  I used jam sugar with pectin.
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Post by: Thermomixer on August 18, 2009, 11:55:29 am
Welcome Novello - that recipe should be on the list of corrections - next time

BTW - where are you from? - go to the Welcome section and give us some info  :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: Karen3 on August 18, 2009, 11:58:15 am
I don't know if this helps anyone but I find that I need to cook the jam on Varoma for an extra 5 minutes.  It seems to set better that way.  I have no idea why. I also use jamsetta.
cheers,
K3
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: Amanda on August 19, 2009, 04:37:30 am
I  haven't made jam, but I have made Tenina's Lemon Butter recipe from her site.
It is very, very wonderful (especially on homemade crumpets) and I am about to make another batch with all the lemons we have now.
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Post by: cookie1 on August 19, 2009, 07:24:19 am
I'm afraid all my jams have been tasty but runny. Will have to try some of these ideas. Strawberries are $1.78 at the local Coles so I may try some jam. Will be the same price as bought jam but will be home made.
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Post by: judydawn on August 19, 2009, 03:27:48 pm
This thread got me thinking about making some jam so tonight my first attempt in the TMX was a Banana jam which was successful. Will post it under its own heading in this section.
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Post by: cookie1 on August 21, 2009, 08:05:25 am
Judy, you clever girl. :-*
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Post by: judydawn on August 21, 2009, 09:02:39 am
Thanks Cookie1 - we are not jam eaters (unless we have scones) so I was rather chuffed with myself. You being roughly my age do you remember our Mums making jam with tomatoes and adding a small bottle of BoBo cordial concentrate - don't know what they called the jam (probably strawberry or raspberry, definitely not tomato jam though).  Anyone got that recipe out there and what would you use today in lieu of the cordial concentrate - much more concentrated than what you buy in those 2 litre bottles today, it was the size of a large bottle of vanilla essence and they used to pour it into a great pot of sugar syrup.  I remember once Mum had the saucepan of syrup cooling in the bath in some cold water and I tipped it out!! That went down well.  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: marmee on August 21, 2009, 09:07:27 am
What is jam setta?  I have citrus pectin - is this similar???

Can someone point me to the lemon butter recipe from tenina's site???
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: judydawn on August 21, 2009, 09:46:05 am
Marmee I found a recipe of Teninas for lemon curd - guess that's lemon butter.

 http://cravepublishing.com/steamovencooking/category/the-twelve-recipes-of-christmas/
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: CarolineW on August 23, 2009, 11:36:07 am

Tried the strawberry jam recipe from the book but very very runny and continued to 'cook' in 3 minute stints like it said and gave up after about 30 minutes - jam tastes nice but is runny like pouring sauce.  I used jam sugar with pectin.
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I really recommend that you use jam sugar, Novello, rather than granulated sugar (even though that's what's listed in the recipe).  It's much more reliable.  Also, it always takes longer than the stated 30 minutes, and the 3 minute stints never seem to get the temperature back up high enough.  I use 10 minute stints.  I just gave my old recipe book to my Mum last week, so I no longer have my adapted time for the recipe  :(  I think that it was 45 minutes, though.

If all else fails, the Varoma temperature tip is a good one.  It speeds the process up by heating the sugar to a gelling point more quickly.  You lose a bit of the nutrition/flavour, though, I believe.

Good to see you on here, Novello - welcome.  Let me know how you get on with your jam making.  If all else fails, feel free to pop over for a jam making session with me one day.  (Always assuming that you're the Novello that I know from nearby  :D )
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Post by: mama_bel on August 23, 2009, 12:43:51 pm
I've made rhubarb jam using a plum jam recipe in the EDC as a guide.  Then I made citrus marmalade using lemons and oranges I think, also EDC.  Then some lemon butter from the EDC.  And today some cumquat marmalade using the citrus m/lade recipe as above.

I use organic raw sugar in my jam making.  If I think it's required, I add a sachet of jamsetta - this is available near the sugars in most supermarkets and is a blue coloured sachet with fruit on the front.  It's pectin.

We only eat homemade jams.  My favourites are cumquat marmalade and rosella jam.  My whole family LOVE rosella jam and I can't grow enough to make enough to store for the year.  It's also a great gift.

This summer I'm going to collect enough raspberries to make jam.  They grow wild on the edges of the forest here.
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: Thermomixer on August 23, 2009, 01:38:41 pm
Link for those wanting to know your recipe http://belindamoore.com/rosella-jam/ (http://belindamoore.com/rosella-jam/)
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Post by: JulieO on August 23, 2009, 01:48:36 pm
This summer I'm going to collect enough raspberries to make jam.  They grow wild on the edges of the forest here.

How wonderful.  :)
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Post by: Amanda on August 24, 2009, 03:29:08 am
What is jam setta?  I have citrus pectin - is this similar???

Can someone point me to the lemon butter recipe from tenina's site???

Citrus pectin is the same thing as Jam Setta.
The lemon curd recipe is different from the original lemon butter recipe that Tenina posted.
I posted it under recipes here on Saturday so we don't lose it again!!
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: achookwoman on December 01, 2009, 10:38:23 am
Love jam making.    Judydawn,  when you mentioned your Mum's tomato jam,I looked up my "trusty" little book called "Windfalls", to see what it said about tomato jam.    There is a recipe but not with   a ny cordial or such like.   Her recipe has tomatoes,apples ,and   lemons.   She also has one for Tomatoes and Rhubarb.  The author is Sue Ruchel,  and her recipes are simple     I have used it to make chutneys and they have been very good.   I've just notice a recipe for Hawthorne  berries , both jam and jelly.  Think I willhave a go in the T.M !
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Post by: judydawn on December 01, 2009, 10:46:23 am
Mum probably got her recipe from the Green & Gold cookbook - pretty sure that was the only recipe book she had plus a few clippings out of magazines and a few handwritten recipes given to her from relatives or friends.  Dad used to grow the best tomatoes and there was always a surplus, even after supplying family, friends and neighbours. The tomato seeds and raspberry cordial made it look like raspberry jam - certainly tasted like it. I miss my Dad's beautiful tomatoes - real tomatoes, not like those you buy in the shops.
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Post by: Thermomixer on December 01, 2009, 01:17:10 pm
 I've just notice a recipe for Hawthorne  berries , both jam and jelly.  Think I willhave a go in the T.M !

There's lots of rows of those around your neck of the woods !!  Good to be able to do something useful with them.
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Post by: achookwoman on December 05, 2009, 07:14:08 am
judy dawn, tracked down a recipe for jam,  made with tomatoes.   I will give it to you as sent from a friend.     Would be easy to convert to T.M.
2 pounds of tomatoes
2 pounds of sugar
1 medium lemon
1 Tablsp. strawberry essence

Cook tomatoes with sugar and lemon until it reaches setting point.
Add strawberry essense and cook a few mins. longer.

I think I would give the tomatoes a good boil up before I added the sugar.




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Post by: judydawn on December 05, 2009, 07:40:57 am
Thanks for that Chookie.   Would you put all of the lemon in or just the juice and zest?
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Post by: achookwoman on December 05, 2009, 08:13:57 am
Judydawn,            given the T.M and how easy it is to zap things I would probably zap the whole lemon before I added the tomatoes.   Enough juice should come out of the tomatoes as they cook to stop them sticking.    I'll have a go at the end of summer when tomatoes are cheap.
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: bron on December 08, 2009, 11:07:02 pm
JD, very popular here in Spain, have the recipe for you from my THX book. Made with the nice big green tomatoes!
750g green tomatoes
1 teaspoon lemon juice
500g sugar

Wash tomatoes and cut out the top stalky bit. Cut a cross on the bottom and place 30 seconds in boiling water to peel them.
Place in THX and program 4 seconds speed 4.
Add sugar and program 30 mins, Temp Varoma, speed 1. Place basket on top of jug, to allow it to reduce without spitting everywhere!
 
I also have a carrot jam in my book if anyone is interested?
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Post by: judydawn on December 08, 2009, 11:13:13 pm
Thanks Bron.  Post the carrot jam too please - that should be a nice, cheap one to make.
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Post by: cookie1 on December 09, 2009, 03:02:14 am
Carrot jam? I didn't know you could make it. It makes sense though as carrots are lovely and sweet.
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Post by: Thermomixer on December 09, 2009, 06:06:19 am
Have you seen Chookie's orange and carrot marmalade?
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Post by: judydawn on December 09, 2009, 08:27:19 am
That's lemon & carrot Thermomixer - I changed it to orange/carrot - YUM
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Post by: bron on December 09, 2009, 06:13:28 pm
In my book I also have a recipe for fig jam and mango jam, let me know if anyone would like those ;)!
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Post by: Very Happy Jan on December 09, 2009, 08:56:55 pm
Yes please Bron. I have a few mangos that were sent to me from Broome (North West Australia) and don't want them to go to waste and my brother tells me their fig tree is laden and will ripen soon.
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Post by: bron on December 10, 2009, 05:45:57 pm
Ok Jan, will post in jam section! ;)
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Post by: meganjane on December 22, 2009, 06:14:52 am
I used to make French Marmalade, which is basically, Carrot Jam.

I also made Mock Raspberry which is Tomato Jam. My recipe calls for a bottle of raspberry essence. I used to use the Rawleigh's Brand as it was so nice.
Don't think you can get it anymore.  :(
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Post by: jennamez on August 25, 2010, 05:40:56 am
Marmee I found a recipe of Teninas for lemon curd - guess that's lemon butter.

 http://cravepublishing.com/steamovencooking/category/the-twelve-recipes-of-christmas/

Hi All, I was looking for the Lemon Curd recipe, but it seems it is no longer on the site. Does anyone have Tenina's Lemon Curd / Lemon Butter Recipe??
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Post by: achookwoman on August 25, 2010, 06:08:43 am
jennamez,          My Lemon and carrot jam seems to be popular.   It is easy ,  tastes nice and sets well.  It is posted on the Forum.   I make most of my jam in the TMX,  after 40 odd years of making it on the stove.  As a general rule use 3/4 amount of sugar to fruit.  Little or no water,  and you may need to add lemon juice or 'Jamsetta".   Cook on 100 or Varoma temp   Hope this helps.
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Post by: judydawn on August 25, 2010, 09:49:38 am
Jennamez, I have found Tenina's Lemon Curd recipe amongst my many untried recipes, for some reason this one was hand-written.

100g butter
fine zest of 1 lemon
juice of 2 lemons
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
150g castor sugar

Place everything into the bowl.  Chop 5 seconds, speed 7.
Insert butterfly and cook 8 mins/80o/speed 3.
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Post by: bluesed on August 25, 2010, 05:32:55 pm
I made a very nice fig jam two weeks ago. Not runny at all and not to sweet.
I dont have the exact measures as i just adjusted the flavor while it cooked.

I started by adding a whole lemon (no peel) and blitzed it. Then the figs and some sugar. Gently blended not to make a complete puré. I think i used varoma for like 45-60 minutes.

Very nice flavor and good texture.
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Post by: willmac on September 11, 2010, 06:03:22 am
I just made the strawbery jam out of the EDC, (strawberries are cheap here at the moment) I used Jam setting sugar (from coles, brand CSR) I left out the lemon as my daughter does not like it with lemon. Cooked for the same time but on varoma and left the lid tip so only on half way. Has come up fantastic.

Kay
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Post by: cookie1 on September 11, 2010, 06:28:44 am
Willmac I do that. The same weight of CSR jam sugar and strawberries.  It makes a lovely jam.
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Post by: Frozzie on September 11, 2010, 08:08:37 am
i use same weight jam sugar (has sugar, citrus (usually lemon) and a setting agent in it) and fruit..cook until its syrupy..cant remmber the time will hae to check our local thx book and post back..last time i made a mirabelle plum jam (small yellow plums incase anyone doesnt know what they are) and it was delish and perfectly set..neighbour gave me a huge bag full off his tree and it made 14 jars of jam so family and friends got a few jars lol..we arent big jam eaters in our household!
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Post by: achookwoman on September 11, 2010, 08:45:56 am
Bought a Pineapple that was too tart to eat,  so will make it into jam.
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Post by: cookie1 on September 11, 2010, 10:27:23 am
Delicious Chookie.
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Post by: obbie on October 03, 2010, 02:39:26 am
 :) i made mulberry jam again yesterday. my 2 trees are loaded at the moment.
Robyn
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Post by: Gertbysea on October 03, 2010, 04:17:12 am
A stranger gave me 2 kilos of kumquats so I used 1 kilo for jam and the other I pulped skins and all. The jam is yummy and I don't know yet what I will do with the pulp in the freezer.

Gretch
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Post by: judydawn on October 03, 2010, 06:43:47 am
How about some fruity wine or spirit Gretchen  ;D ;D ;) ;) ;) :-* :-*
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Post by: Gertbysea on October 03, 2010, 08:08:17 am
Why not. Gert's Kumquat Vodka. Ok I'll do it as soon as my son and family visit. Arriving tomorrow for a week of Vegan eating. So looking forward to that.

Gert
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Post by: quirkycooking on October 03, 2010, 08:16:39 am
This is my favourite way of making jam - so quick (8 minutes) and you don't have to use heaps of sugar.  Sometimes I use honey, sometimes Rapadura.  Recipe here. (http://quirkycooking.blogspot.com/2010/10/naturally-sweetened-strawberry-jam.html)
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Post by: cookie1 on October 03, 2010, 11:08:32 am
Thanks for that Jo. I'm needing to make some more jam soon so I'll definitely give it a try.
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Post by: brazen20au on October 04, 2010, 09:58:05 am
the last lot of jam i made used 1kg of strawberries and is nearly inedible, it's so sour :(
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Post by: quirkycooking on October 04, 2010, 10:09:46 am
How annoying - guess it depends on the fruit.  Can't you redo it with some more sweetener?
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Post by: Gertbysea on October 04, 2010, 10:33:04 am
I would just put it back in the thermomix with some sugar for about 10 minutes and see what happens. Shame to waste it. I am sure it will be fine.

Gert
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Post by: brazen20au on October 04, 2010, 10:42:06 am
i'm sure i'd actually put in more sugar than usual! (i usually do 50% of the fruit weight in sugar eg: 1kg fruit, 500g sugar. but i'm sure i did more like 700g or so. i made it a few weeks ago so i'm not sure i could recook?
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Post by: achookwoman on October 04, 2010, 11:07:01 am
You can recook it any time.   I usually use 3/4 volume of sugar to fruit.   You can even add it to another lot of berry jam.
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Post by: Gertbysea on October 04, 2010, 10:54:11 pm
Good grief brazen. How did it come out so sour? Amazing for strawberries. Maybe just use it with ice cream as a sauce. Strawberry daiquiri? Strange one.


Or you could just dump it and forgetabboutit :D :D :D
Gert
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Post by: Thermomixer on October 15, 2010, 09:04:55 am
Nice one Quirky Jo.  Like the new Avatar, new look blog - good work.  :-* :-* :-* :-*
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Post by: quirkycooking on October 15, 2010, 09:18:20 am
Thanks Thermomixer  :-* :-* :-*
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Post by: Ceee on November 15, 2010, 02:18:58 pm
I made some plum jam last summer and was distressed to only be blessed with a saucy mixture. A few weeks ago I made orange marmalade and the same thing happened. I was feeling rather down. Last Friday, after catching a delicious whiff of the beautiful strawberry jam that a friend made, I decided to try again, as there are so many strawberries around at the moment. I used the recipe from the EDC, 250 g fruit to 250 g sugar and 1 lemon, and after the cooking time was up I was a little concerned. I amped up the heat to Varoma for 10 minutes and Voila! beautiful strawberry jam! Since then I have made another batch, the Kiwi and Banana jam from the My way of Cooking Book, and last night decided to try the same method as with the strawberries using apricots. This also resulted in beautiful if a bit tart apricot jam. I think for sweetness the key is to choose the ripest possible fruit, even a little over-ripe will be preferable. I have not used a jam-setter at all or special sugar, just ordinary sugar. I have a diabetic husband, what should I do to cater for his dietary needs? Cook longer but with less sugar, and if so what ration?
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Post by: quirkycooking on November 16, 2010, 09:53:22 am
Hi Ceee, I make my jam based on the recipe in My Way of Cooking (here's my variation (http://quirkycooking.blogspot.com/2010/10/naturally-sweetened-strawberry-jam.html)) and I use natural sweeteners.  I only use a little bit of sweetener too, not half and half.  I would use agave syrup for a sweetener for a diabetic-friendly jam - or you could use whatever sweetener you usually use in cooking for your husband.  It doesn't matter how you sweeten it, if you use agar-agar - it works any way.  And it only takes 8 mins per 500g!
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Post by: RoxyS on November 16, 2010, 11:50:15 pm
Chookie, do you have a recipe for pineapple jam. I used to buy it in winter when the supermarkets would stock it but can't get it anymore and really love it. You mentioned making it so would love it if you could share the recipe please. I haven't made a lot of jam - used to make it in my breadmachine when we had a supply of fresh strawberries but haven't made any in the TMX so will have to have a go.
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Post by: debetha on November 28, 2010, 12:06:37 am
Made great marmalade & mango jam using recipes fro this forum. 2 big thumbs up for both. Next time I do the marmalade I would cut the rind more thinly as suggested in EEC cookbook, as the only criticism I have with the one I made is that the chunks of rind are a bit too chunky. But less fiddly! Both with regular sugar.
Did Bron's mango jam on Friday & served it with nay nays scones - massive hit! Oven sterilized the jars & poured the hot jam into the hot jars, and even got the vacuum bit on the jar lids to depress. So hopefully my 2nd bottle will store well, if it doesn't get eaten first!! Reckon the mango jam would work well on yoghurt too. 
Does anyone use wax discs for the jam, and where do you get them from? Always worry about reusing jar lids as they seem to age a bit. I know there is a website for new jar lids somewhere..
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Post by: judydawn on November 28, 2010, 12:44:18 am
Is this the one you were thinking of debetha?  http://www.greenlivingaustralia.com.au/jars.html
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Post by: debetha on November 28, 2010, 12:50:20 am
Yes jd was going to google it when I needed some more! iPad harder to navigate than regular computer but easier to turn on.  So cant cut & paste links as easily as worry I will loose the thread!
Thanks!
Deb
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Post by: achookwoman on December 05, 2010, 09:10:22 pm
Roxy, sorry I missed your inquiry  about the pineapple jam.   I just popped pealed and cored pineapple into the TMX bowl and zapped it a bit,  so that there were small bits.   I then put  to 3/4 of the amount of pineapple in volume ,  of sugar in and zapped on reverse to incorporate.   The cooked for about 30 mins. until set.   I think I probably added 1/2 a packet of jamsetta.   DH just loves this jam.   Sorry I am not more precise,  but I just make jam from what ever and fiddle with it until it is ok.
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Post by: Merlin on December 05, 2010, 10:15:04 pm
Made some strawberry jam using the EDC recipe the other day which turned out delicious. I had also heard that strawberry jam is notoriously difficult to set, so just to be sure, I used 1/2 packet of Jamsetta and the results were fine. I guess if the jam turns out more like a sauce you can always use it for other things ie as a dessert sauce over icecream etc.
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Post by: achookwoman on December 12, 2010, 08:50:10 pm
Made Mango and Lime, Lime and Carrot and Lemon.   The Lime set up too firm so I tipped some water in for a better consistency.   Next time I will add some apple pulp to the lime to balance the flavors a bit.
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Post by: achookwoman on January 19, 2011, 10:38:24 pm
Making Apple Jelly today.  Anyone interested in recipe and process?
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Post by: Cuilidh on January 20, 2011, 12:27:08 am
A good reliable jelly recipe would be great - looks like I'll be making grape jelly as well as apple jelly this season.  Would I be right in assuming that the process for grape jelly would be the same as the process for apple jelly?

Thanks.
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Post by: Shiraz49 on January 20, 2011, 12:45:52 am
Please post the apple jelly recipe.
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Post by: Very Happy Jan on January 20, 2011, 01:24:18 am
Making Apple Jelly today.  Anyone interested in recipe and process?
Yes please Chookie. My grandmother used to make apple jelly Yummo
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Post by: cookie1 on January 20, 2011, 07:10:09 am
I've never tasted apple jelly so I had better make some.
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: Merlin on January 20, 2011, 06:03:48 pm
Has anyone else used the jam setting sugar that CSR makes?  it has added pectin. I did another batch of strawberry jam using this sugar as well as 1/4 packet of Jamsetta and bingo- no issues! Mind you, my first ever batch of strawberry jam in the TM was very sauce-like, so I used it as a sauce for desserts such as over ice-cream. I also gave some jars of it to friends and family. It tasted absolutely divine but I told them all to use it like a sauce, which they did and they all loved it. Basically, I don't consider a jam that turns out to be thnner than expected a failure as it still would taste great and you can  always invent some other use for it.
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: cookie1 on January 21, 2011, 02:40:32 am
I nearly always use the CSR jam setting sugar. Saves failures.
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: achookwoman on January 21, 2011, 04:50:45 am
I added some of the apple jelly to some cranberry sauce to 'revive' it.
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: Amanda on February 07, 2011, 01:12:14 am
Made the plum jam out of the EDC cookbook yesterday and cooked, and cooked, and cooked it.  Still didn't set.
Will put it back on to boil today and am wondering if it is too late to add Jamsetta?
Any ideas?
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: judydawn on February 07, 2011, 01:57:25 am
Hi Amanda, I'm not a prolific jam maker but I read on this thread that Chookie says you can recook jam at any time so put it on again, add 1/2 pkt jamsetter and see how you go.  You've got nothing to lose, let us know how it went  :-* :-*
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: Amanda on February 07, 2011, 02:31:33 am
Thanks Judy - I knew you would come through for me.  Of to buy the Jamsetta now!
Will let you know how I get on.   :-* :-*
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: achookwoman on February 07, 2011, 02:34:31 am
Amanda,  Judy is correct.  Or you add some lemon juice or a pot of old jam that is a bit stiff or set too firm.
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: Amanda on February 07, 2011, 03:16:50 am
Already put a lot of lemon juice in it, Chookie.  Might be time to try the Jamsetta. :)
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: achookwoman on February 07, 2011, 05:19:39 am
Amanda, what was the ratio of pulp to sugar?
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: Amanda on February 07, 2011, 07:27:33 am
3 kilos of fruit (cooked with the stones in, then strained), 1 1/2 kilos of sugar. As per the TM book recipe.
Also added juice and some pulp of 1 lemon.
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: Amanda on February 07, 2011, 10:20:23 am
5-10 minutes on the stove and a packet of Jamsetta have done the trick!
Thanks Judy and Chookie!
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: judydawn on February 07, 2011, 11:05:32 am
Terrific news Amanda, will await my jar of plum jam  :D :D
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: achookwoman on February 07, 2011, 11:55:34 am
Amanda,  this will go well with your soaked grain bread.  ;D  Well done.
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: cookie1 on February 08, 2011, 02:47:59 am
What would we do without all our lovely helpers here. Thanks ladies I learn a lot from you both. :-* :-*
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: darls on February 08, 2011, 11:07:52 am
Hope this wont get buried under!

I've made pineapple jam (to bring back childhood memories of spreading pineapple jam on hot toast and Golden Circle has had to delete that line years ago which broke my heart/stomach!) tonite however I have a couple of questions to ask.

1. I put in 750g chopped up fresh pineapple pieces with 500g rapudura sugar in a bowl to 'marinate' for an hour.
2. Dumped the mix into TM and quickly minced it and cooked it for 42 mins at 90 degrees c with speed of 2. Added juice of a lemon as it would not set or thicken as I'd like it to.
3. Poured all into 'sterilised' jars and sealed with Kleen View cover as I used recycled twist-top jars, then put the lids on top.

So my questions are:

1. If the jam is still runny tmw, can I do it again and add Jamsetter (I couldn't find my packet in pantry!) for how long?
2. Will Kleen View cover do the job rather than recycled twist-top lids?
3. Do I still need to do waterbath the jars for 5 mins, even with Kleen Views and lids on?

Thanks - my little boy's impatient, he can't wait to try the jam!

Cheers
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: judydawn on February 08, 2011, 11:19:11 am
As you can see from Amanda's posting 4 up from yours darls, she recooked some jam for 5-10 mins with a packet of jamsetter and had success.
Will leave the other 2 questions for those more in the know than me.
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: dede on February 08, 2011, 11:36:00 am

 I made raspberry jam yesterday and turned out perfect using half a pack of jamsettar to 500g fruit. I always use the kleen view jam covers and then place the lids on top. And I wash the jars then rinse them with clean water then place them in the oven on 100 degrees until they are completely dry (including the lids.)
I have never had any jam go off or mouldy this way.
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: darls on February 08, 2011, 12:00:15 pm
Thanks for the speedy replies!

Will leave it as it is for now and see tmw then.

I forgot to add that I did dry the jars in oven, but not lids (just fished them out of hot water).

Cheers - off to bed!
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: Ceee on February 08, 2011, 02:24:08 pm
Hi, I just wanted to say that I have not used any Jamsetter or Jam Sugar, as I haven't seen them here in our South African shops. I just weight out the fruit, equal with ordinary white sugar, and add the lemon and it has worked 9 out of 10 times. I have some fresh prunes, do you think I could use them for making Jam? My parrot does not seem to enjoy them and neither hubby!
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: achookwoman on February 08, 2011, 08:34:42 pm
I would cook most jams at 100 or Varoma.   can use these  covers, just make sure the jam is cold first. I think I have posted a recipe for Pineapple Jam.  prunes would make excellent jam or chutney.  Cook first in a lettle water and push through a strainer.  Use 3/4 volume of sugar to pulp.  Yum.   jamsettta is an Australian product I think.  lemon is usually fine .   my grandmother used white vinegar.
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: Cornish Cream on February 08, 2011, 08:46:42 pm
In the U.K.we can buy Certo that helps with the setting of Jams and Marmalade.We also can buy Jam Sugar.
http://www.certo.co.uk/index.htm
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: ladybird on February 20, 2011, 11:33:46 am
would it be worth me recooking my plum and berry jam tomorrow so i can sterilise the jars as i didn't realise that was important before and had only washed them out. is it too late to save it from going mouldy without doing that? i made the jam this afternoon and its been in the fridge since then
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: achookwoman on February 20, 2011, 11:42:20 am
ladybird,  Maggie Beer says she never sterilizes her jars as she pours the jam into them boiling hot .   if you have done this them you could risk it.  If not remove the jam, reboil it and sterilize the jars.   What a both,  but better than wasting your lovely jam.
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: dede on February 20, 2011, 11:18:46 pm
I wouldn't panic, Depending on how fast you will use the Jam. My family love Jam and eat it pretty quickly. I made some blackberry and Logan Berry Jam on the weekend. I just rinse my jars and place them in the oven at 100 until they are dry and pour the jam straight in the jars while hot. This also prevents the jars cracking as the Jam and jars are around the same temperature. Never pour hot Jam into a cold jar. Then I cover with jam covers and place the lids on the jars. I have never had Jam go mouldy.
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: ladybird on February 21, 2011, 12:25:11 am
well it was very hot - prob 10-15 mins off boiling. pleased i'm in good company with maggie beer - i felt so ignorant!

i didnt use jam covers either - just the lids..

i have 3 jars so might look at recipes to use it in baking sooner rather than later :)
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: cookie1 on February 21, 2011, 09:30:00 am
Lots of lovely bread to spread it on. :D
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: Amanda on March 02, 2011, 08:39:20 am
Made a superb batch of blackberry jam today in the TM.
Totally ignored any recipes in the EDC and just put in blackberries & equal weight in jam sugar (it has added pectin) and let it boil for a bit.  Set like an absolute winner!
I've never used the jam sugar before, but I won't hesitate to use it again.
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: cookie1 on March 07, 2011, 05:25:40 am
That's pretty much my standard recipe Amanda. I'd rather pay a bit more for the jam sugar and have a success.
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: CarolineW on March 20, 2011, 04:21:52 pm
I wouldn't panic, Depending on how fast you will use the Jam. My family love Jam and eat it pretty quickly. I made some blackberry and Logan Berry Jam on the weekend. I just rinse my jars and place them in the oven at 100 until they are dry and pour the jam straight in the jars while hot. This also prevents the jars cracking as the Jam and jars are around the same temperature. Never pour hot Jam into a cold jar. Then I cover with jam covers and place the lids on the jars. I have never had Jam go mouldy.

Actually that method is sterilising them, Dede.  Anything from 60oC upward sterilises - it's just how long it takes that differs.  I can't remember the exact timings now - but I know that the method you're describing is quite a widely used one.  So you shouldn't ever have your jam go mouldy, or family members go ill  ;D

That's the method that I used to use, but now I use the baby bottle steriliser that I don't need any more for my baby.  Bottles on the bottom shelf, lids on the top - works great and is no hassle.  Given how cheap they are to pick up 2nd hand, I don't know why I never thought of it until it was staring me in the face!  I guess it's more to store, though.
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: CarolineW on March 20, 2011, 04:23:11 pm
That's pretty much my standard recipe Amanda. I'd rather pay a bit more for the jam sugar and have a success.

Same here - I used to do it the traditional way, but this is so much less hassle.
Title: Re: Anyone successfully made a nice jam?
Post by: dede on March 20, 2011, 10:55:23 pm
now that's a great idea, I used to have a microwave sterilizer but that would be no good for metal lids though but would be fine for the glass jars.