I hope you like jammin’ too! For all you jam lovers, here’s one delicious post. Read on through till the end, because there is a little competition for you. I’m in Nice, France at the moment, visiting my aunt and cousin and having a fantastically delicious time. My Aunt and I headed over to Ventimiglia Market in Italy the other day and bought cases of fruits and vegetables. Every year, my aunt makes her jam for the year while in France and then takes it back home with her to Dubai. This year, I had the pleasure of participating and we have made strawberry, peach, plums and apricot jam. Although the proportion of sugar and fruit is said to vary dependent on the type of fruit and it’s ripeness, my aunt has followed the standard formula and to consistent success. The formula for making jam is very simple and natural: 1 kilo fruit of choice + 1/2 kilo sugar = rocking Jam.
The following photos are of the plum jam we made. Select your fruit of choice, wash and dry well. Cut the fruits in half, add to the pot, and add sugar following the above formula. Cook on high heat, always stirring, till the mixture begins to boil. Lower heat and continue to stir. It’s very important to keep stirring the jam and you need to do so for about 2-1/2 hours or till the mixture has thickened in consistency. Basically, you need to stay in the kitchen and I suggest you have someone to take turns stirring with.
Many jam recipes, including my grandmother’s, call for pectin and a squeeze of lemon. As I mentioned, this is a simple yet delicious recipe. If you’re thinking I hope this jam is gonna last, well the jam has managed to keep for a year each time. Just be sure to wash the jars well and then leave them to sun for about 1 whole day. Once you have cooked the mixture according to the instructions, let it sit for a few hours till it cools or overnight before packaging it in jars. If the Jam seems a bit runny after cooking it according to instructions, then a trick is to sun it for a couple of hours before storing it in jars.
To think jammin’ was a thing of the past!
PUMP UP THE JAM COMPETITION:
Can you find all 4 sentences I’ve so subtly included and derived from the Jammin’ song by Bob Marley? The Winner (1st one to answer it correctly via comment) receives 1 of those delicious jars of plum Jam, fed-ex to anywhere in the world.
I got to get this JAM OUT a my head!