My skills in jam making are totally inherited from mum. Mum can literally bottle up any fruit you give her. Her fearless trials and perfection for the method of preservation actually taught me to go for the best.
It is ages since we bought a bottle of jam. Now, the store-bought ones tasteless of fruit and plenty of sugar to our taste buds. I don’t know why, but I absolutely can feel the pectin and the additives. Literally, to say, it is possible to wean yourself from a lot of chemicals and replace them with natural ingredients. Plus, I have to say it is a lot cheaper to make it for yourself.
Frozen berries at home.
Farmers market are the best place to pick up plenty of fruit during spring. Towards the end of the day, you also get the best deals when you buy in bulk. Once winter comes the berries become very expensive. This is when the effectively frozen berries come in handy. After all, berries need the least prep to freeze. Here is what I do.
Remove the stalk and the green bits. Add the strawberries to the bowl of water and rinse them well. Layout some kitchen towels and place the rinsed berries on the towel. Leave it alone for about 15 minutes and pat dry.
Add them to the zip lock bag, mark the date and freeze.
Blueberries and raspberries.
These are even simpler. Rinse and clean out any stalk or other bits. Shake out the berries for the lodged water and dry them on the towel. Pat dry and proceed just like the strawberries.
Mulberries and blackberries.
We love picking mulberries and staining our fingers. Usually, we freeze these berries separately as they tend to bleed faster sbd darker, thereby staining the other berries. They will also stain the kitchen towels. Wash these berries first. The one you want to remove thoroughly is the stalk as it can be a bit hard. Use a pairing knife to help you remove the stalk. Then proceed to the freezing process just like the strawberries.
These frozen berries are fantastic not just for jams, but also for smoothies and milkshakes. Frozen berries make one if the best guilt-free snack during summer as well. At times, I add a few to my water to flavour it too.
Frozen berries are fine to make jams as they have a bit of bulk along with the juice. The berries soften as soon as the heat is reached and makes it so easy to mash-up as the jam. Hope you like this jam recipe with frozen berries. You can follow the steps to do a single type of berry as well, say raspberry. Do let us know which berries you like the best and what you do with them.
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Mixed berry jam
- Cutting board
- Fruit Knife
- Stock pot.
- 12 dates
- 1/4 cup drinking water
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1/4 tsp lemon rind
- Pit the dates and soak in the water for 15 minutes.
- Grind the dates into a pulp.
- Into the stock pot add the frozen berries, the date pulp and lemon rind.
- Set this on a low heat and allow it to come up to a simmer.
- The berries will release a lot of liquid. Stir occasionally and allow it to cook down.
- When it becomes spreadable jam consistency remove from heat.
- Let this cool down a bit.
- Spoon into sterilized dry bottles and cool further.
- Once cool, save the bottles in the refrigerator.