Thursday, July 22, 2010

Old Fashioned Summer Raspberry Jam

The early arrival of summer this year has been good for vegetables and fruits. After our annual ritual of strawberry picking in early June, we decided to join our local organic berry patch to pick summer raspberries!! Sadly some rather unseasonal rain led to the picking being canceled. The patch owner however had an excellent harvest. She contacted us and asked if we would like some pre-picked berries from the farm. We were delighted and got a pail of sweet-tart raspberries.

I processed almost the entire batch into jam, and froze some of the leftover raspberries for later. The jam I made is really a very old fashioned kind! It is very simple to make and requires just 3 ingredients. Actually the original recipe has only two ingredients - I added a third. The lime to break the sweetness and add a little tartness. The taste is just amazing. You can forget about store-bought jams after you taste this lovely preserve.

Ingredients:
8 cups raspberries
4 cups sugar
1 large lime

Method:
  1. Wash and clean the raspberries, dry on a kitchen towel, then invert into a heavy bottomed stainless steel pan.
  2. Pour 1/2 cups sugar over the raspberries and allow them to marinate in their own juice overnight.
  3. Add the remaining sugar, and cook the raspberry-sugar mix on low heat until all the sugar has melted - there should be no granules visible.
  4. Increase heat to medium, bring the mix to a heavy rolling boil. Boil for around 10 minutes. Stir constantly.
  5. Reduce heat, add the lemon juice, and allow the jam to cook and thicken for another 10-15 minutes. 
  6. Check to see if the jam is jelling. If yes, turn off the heat. 
  7. Allow to sit for 10 minutes. Then pour into cleaned jars. Seal.
This jam tastes superb on hot buttered toast and pancakes. Use as a topping for vanilla ice cream or a filling for your favourite sponge cake or cookie.

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13 comments:

  1. Great looking and fabulous jam.

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  2. Apu, it looks superb and I can have it with a warm toasted bread right now :)

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  3. hi apu,
    this jam looks superb ...using raspberrys is new to me ,this jam looks fantastic ...
    u got a beautiful space here with yummy recipes ...
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    Satya
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  4. Love the fact this jam does not have any pectin. Looks delicious...love the color too!

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  5. We had been to blueberry picking recently and it is an experience. Sorry, you were not able to pick it yourself, but atleast you got the raspberries!
    Lovely jam.

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  6. love the jam and its soo delicious. Perfect looking jam.

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  7. @ Priya: Thanks for the award!

    @ Priya, Shriya, Parita: Thanks for stopping by - we are really enjoying this jam at breakfast - on wholemeal homemade bread!!

    @ Rachana: The lemon does a great job of helping with the jelling process for this jam.

    @ Satya: Thanks for stopping by :)

    @ Red Chillies: I am looking forward to some Autumn raspberry picking later this year!!

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  8. jam looking awesome Apu... 1st time to your wonderful space.. do drop in at my site whenever...

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  9. Oooh...beautiful jam. I would spread it over anything or pour over ice cream :D

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  10. can we make the jam same way with other fruits also.....

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