Easy Homemade Jam, Make It In Your Bread Maker!
I’m not big on making jam, all that bubbling, stirring and testing the setting point on saucers….pass! Then my friend Karlene (she of the fabulous Crayfish Bisque) told me she makes jam in her bread maker. Well as soon as I got home from holiday I checked my bread maker and it didn’t have a ‘jam’ setting so I was a bit bummed about that.
The next weekend saw me in Westville having a sleep-over with my dudes and I noticed that my daughter-in-law’s bread maker had a jam setting, and she very kindly lent it to me. I wonder if she’ll notice if I try to palm my inferior model on her when I take it back?
You need to get hold of some pectin, I got mine from the local health shop.
You will need:
3 cups of diced fruit of your choice
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
1 TBSP water
2 tsp Pectin
Put all the ingredients into the bread maker, follow the manufacturers instructions and 120 minutes later you have homemade jam!
Do let the jam cool before you remove the pan from the machine and it’s best to take the paddle out with tongs.
Pour your jam into sterilized jars – just wash jars in the dishwasher or wash thoroughly by hand and rinse well, then put the still wet jars up-side-down in the microwave on high for one minute.
I have to say that the mango and yellow plum jam achieved a better setting consistency than the grape, but they both taste wonderful, infinitely superior to the mass produced muck we buy in the supermarkets.
There are some wonderful seasonal fruits available at this time of year, so dust off your bread maker and give it go!