Damson Plum Jam

“If you are lucky enough to find them, get your hot little hands on some Damson plums. They are small and sour when fresh, but make the absolute best plum jam in the world. I have listed two different options for amounts of sugar/water in the recipe. The lower amounts will make a soft, very tart jam. That’s the way I like it. With more sugar and water (keep them in proportion) you will get a more traditional jam, firmer and sweeter. I like it that way, too, I have to admit. Unfortunately, Damsons are clingstone and can’t be pitted before the cooking starts. I have burnt myself quite badly a few times making this jam, while fishing out pits from the boiling pot, but this year I have figured out how to avoid that and have updated the recipe.”

Prep: 15 mins
Cooking: 45 mins

DIRECTIONS

  • Wash and pick over the plums.
  • Combine the plums and the water.
  • Bring to a boil and cook 15 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Allow to cool enough to handle – or completely, if you like – and fish out the pits (I put them through a food mill, and then removed the pits from the remaining pulp).
  • Return the pulp to the rest of the jam once the pits are out.
  • Meanwhile, put the jars into a canning kettle and cover with water to one inch above the tops of the jars.
  • Bring to a boil, boil 10 minutes to sterilize.
  • Return the plums to the jam kettle, and bring them back to the boil. Add the sugar to the plums, stirring to dissolve.
  • Boil to jam stage, about 20 minutes. Test for the gelling point with one of the following methods: Temperature test — Use a jelly or candy thermometer, and boil until mixture reaches the following temperatures at altitudes of: Sea level to 1,000 feet — 104°C/220°F; 1,001 feet to 2,000 feet — 103°C/218°F
  • Sheet or spoon test — Dip a cool metal spoon into the boiling jelly mixture. Raise the spoon out of the steam, about 12 inches above the pan. Turn the spoon so the liquid runs off the side. The jelly is done when the syrup forms two drops that flow together and sheet or hang off the edge of the spoon.
  • I like the ‘sheet’ test.
  • As the jam cooks, remove any pits you may have missed.
  • Remove from the heat and stir and skim 5 minutes.
  • Pour into hot sterilized jars and seal with lids sterilized according to the manufacturers directions.
  • Generally, boiled for 5 minutes.) Place jars of jam back in boiling water bath and boil for 5 minutes.

29th July 2015

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Soft-set Strawberry & Pimm’s Jam

Ingredients

  • 1.5kg/3lb 5oz strawberries, hulled and halved if large
  • 1kg bag jam sugar (it has added pectin)
  • juice 2 lemons
  • juice 1 orange
  • 3 tbsp Pimm’s No 1

Method

  • Put a few saucers into the freezer for later. Put the strawberries into a preserving pan (or your very largest saucepan), then mash roughly with a potato masher, or crush slightly between your fingers and thumbs to make them a little juicy. Stir in the sugar, then put the pan over a very low heat. Stir occasionally until the sugar has dissolved and the berries are surrounded with red syrup. Don’t let it boil. Once the sugar crystals have gone, stir in the lemon and orange juice.
  • Turn up the heat. Once the jam reaches a foaming fast boil (this will read 105C on a preserving thermometer), set a timer for 10 mins. After 10 mins, put 1 tsp of jam onto one of the frozen saucers, put into the fridge for 1 min, then push your finger through the jam. If the jam wrinkles, it is ready. If not, boil for another 2 mins and test again. As soon as the jam is ready, remove from the heat. Leave to cool for 30 mins, skim away any scum, then stir in the Pimm’s. Ladle into steralised jars.
  • Will keep in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year.

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Source: BBC Good Food

1st July 2015

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Kilner Jar Marrow Chutney.

Kilner Jar Marrow Chutney.

This delicious recipe was sent to us by Mandy Bauer, one of our Kilner club members.

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1.       1.6kg of organic marrow

2.       300g organic sultanas

3.       4 shallots

4.       1 tablespoon grated organic fresh ginger (peeled)

5.       2 organic garlic cloves

6.       400g demerara brown soft sugar

7.       2 large Bramley apples (cored, chopped and peeled)

8.       375ml organic cider vinegar

9.       1.5 tablespoons Dijon mustard

10.   1 teaspoon chopped Chillies (I used some red organic ones from the Isle of Wight)

11.   1 teaspoon paprika

Method

1.     Peel and cube marrows, ( I didn’t seed mine, the seeds were very soft once cooked)

2.     Put salt on, cover and put in fridge overnight

3.     Rinse very well the next day.

4.     Put into pot, then add all the other ingredients and slowly bring to boil.

5.    Then lower the heat and let it all simmer for about 1-2 hours or until you see the consistency is quite thick.  You can stir occasionally but less is more in this case.

And then when you are about 10 minutes from what you like the consistency to be, sterilise your Kilner jars and pour the chutney in and seal.

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18th September 2014

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Top 10 Kilner Jar Uses

Here are the top ten most popular uses according to our Kilner club members.

#1 Preserving

#2 Storing dry food

#3 Presenting food

#4 Non-food storage

#5 Decorate your home

#6 Drinks

#7 To grow plants

#8 To prepare alcoholic beverages

#9 Present gifts

#10 Storing fresh food

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19th August 2014

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Preserving Problems Resolved!

When things go wrong in the preserving process, they can go wrong badly! From runny jellies to over-set jams, we’ve seen it all, so we thought we’d share common preserving problems and give you a solution.

My preserve won’t set!

This is one of the most common problems when it comes to preserve making. A poor set can happen for a number of reasons; too much or too little sugar was used, an insufficient amount of pectin may have been used, the fruit used was either over ripe or under ripe or you may have cooked your mixture for too long.

But fear not, we can help you rectify your runny preserve!

Before you start you need to have a selection of sterilised Kilner jars available for re potting your jam once you have finished.

Empty the runny preserve back into your Kilner jam pan and try re-heating it. Bring it to boil whilst stirring it constantly to stop it from sticking, allow it to boil for 1 minute then re-test the set. If the set is now correct then re-pot and seal your Kilner jars.

If the set is still runny then try adding pectin; around half the amount that is indicated by your recipe. Be careful when adding your pectin as too much will leave you with a set that is too solid and can’t be rectified so always add less than you think is necessary and test the set and then add more if required. We recommend commercial pectin in either liquid or powder form for this process.

The set of your jam should be correct now so re-pot and seal.

 

My fruit has floated to the top of my preserve!

Unfortunately it is not possible to rectify this after the preserve has been potted and sealed but for future batches we advise you to let your preserve rest for 10 minutes once setting point has been reached. This will allow you to see if the fruit rises to the top, if it does, stir the preserve to redistribute the fruit and then pot immediately.

 

My preserve tastes burnt! 

This will happen if your preserve has stuck to the bottom of the pan and burnt during boiling. To avoid this for the future stir your preserve constantly whilst bringing it to a rolling boil.

 

My preserve keeps getting darker! 

If the colour of your preserve gets darker once it is stored this may be as a result of cooking the mixture for too long. Make sure to follow the recipes times exactly. This change in colour may also occur if the place you have stored your preserve is very bright or if it is very warm. It is important to store your preserve in a dark and cool location.

28th January 2014

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