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Strawberry jam recipe

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 18:43

Having had a day of diasterous jam making I'm not sure I should offer any ideas (!) but it does say in my book (by Thane Prince; the lady in charge of the jam section on the Allotment Challenge if you watched it; strong bob hair cut!) that you blitz a lemon shell ( which apparently is what you have left when you've juiced a lemon), then boil it in some water, and leave to cool. Strain. It produces a natural pectin. Use within 2 days. She doesn't say how much water to boil it in though.

Worth a go I guess, albeit Jo47 and others have provided better advice today than Ms Prince!

Any blackberry jam makers out there at the mo?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 18:14

Thanks LesleyK.  We've just had a slice and it was lovely! 

 

Any blackberry jam makers out there at the mo?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 17:47

Makes perfect sense! yep, mine looks rather dull in colour! I'm going to busy next weekend that's for certain!

At least the Victoria Sponge practice was worth it! Thank you Mary Berry!

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Any blackberry jam makers out there at the mo?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 17:36

Thanks Jo47! I'll give it a stir!

Any blackberry jam makers out there at the mo?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 17:23

Oh yes!! I'm going to give it a go! In for a penny hey?!

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Any blackberry jam makers out there at the mo?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 17:23

hee hee!

right, disaster number two completed. I'm starting to dislike Thane Prince a bit now! Mint jelly. All of the mint keeps floating to the top of the jars! What on earth have I done wrong this time?! 

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Any blackberry jam makers out there at the mo?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 15:19

Oh yes!! I'm going to give it a go! In for a penny hey?!

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Any blackberry jam makers out there at the mo?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 15:00

Thanks Logan. Shall do. 

Do it Jo47! I'm relatively new to the village (4 years) so don't stand much of a chance if the last few years are anything to go by!  One entrant actually put 'born and bred' on his entries last year!  Getting my excuses in early!!!

Any blackberry jam makers out there at the mo?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 14:37

Thanks so much for the responses. 

I've separated into four pans. Added a sheet of galatine to one, a couple of apples to another, more lemon juice to one....corn flour to the last one (my other half got involved!). 

The gelatine one and the apple one worked on the wrinkle test so have put in jars. The other two...the lemon one is really runny and the corn flour one looks, erm, interesting!! 

The shows is on 5th September so I think I'll pick some more next weekend and try again!

Jo47 - that is so funny! 

Now on to mint jelly! It can't be worse than my jam efforts! 

I'm entering 14 categories! Eeeek - got to practice carrot cake, chic chip shortbread and Victoria sponge yet! 

I think I'm going to end up being the comedy entry but never mind!!

Any blackberry jam makers out there at the mo?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 11:47

hello

am having a go at blackberry jam for the village show in a couple of weeks. I've simmered and then boiled, but it just won't set. I added lemon juice and followed the recipe to the word  (Thane Prince book). Does anyone have any tricks to make it set? Would gelatine help?? Or an apple for more pectin?

thanks! at the moment and I'm. Looking into a massive pan of hot liquid!

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