Monday, August 02, 2010

DIY: Lu's Midsummer Night's Dream.

Hi! :) I was highly inspired by the delicious summer jam Ellen has sent me, so I decided to find out how to make jam myself and my mother told me how to do so. :) Today, Flo and I went to the market, bought some fresh red currants and a pot of lemon balm (you can't imagine how fresh and summery this smells). Because I wanted to make LOTS of jam, I also went to the supermarket and bought strawberries and kiwis, some of my favourite fruits. :)

 These are the ingredients I used (I just forgot the limes on the photo).

I made two different kinds of jar, so here are the ingredients for the first one:
- About 3,7 pound of strawberries (German: 1,7 kilo)  
- About 1,5 pound of kiwis (German: 0,7 kilos)
- Fresh lemon balm
- 5,3 pound of preserving sugar (German: 2,4 kilos) 

For the second jam, I used:
- Fresh red currants
- Lemon balm 
- Lime juice
- Preserving sugar (the proportion between sugar and fruits has to be at a ratio of 1 to 1)

First, cut and wash the fruits. Here, I first made the jam with strawberries and kiwi, the other one I made afterwards.

Then, chop the fresh lemon balm and add it to the fruits.

Next, mash everything and weight the mixture. Take sugar at a ratio of 1 to 1 and put the fruit mixture and the sugar into a pot where you heat it until it comes to the boil and then it has to boil for 4 minutes (Concerning the other jam, the mixture with the red currants only has to boil for one minute.). During that time, you have to stir up, so don't stop doing this. :)

What is very important, before filling them with the hot jam (you have to do this directly after boiling), you have to clean the jam jars with hot water so that they become sterile.

After you filled the jars, turn them around, so that the vacuum between the jam and the jar's cover disappears. Thus, the jam keeps well much longer. :)

Of course I decorated the jars with some cute handwritten labels and some pieces of fabric. :)


  1. YUM! ich bin leider zu unbegabt für sowas aber es sieht sehr lecker aus!!!

  2. Wunderbare Handschrift. Und lecker sieht es auch noch aus. Lieferst du? ;)

  3. jeepers i laaaaughed! i thought you had attached a whisk to an electric drill...

    sounds like something id think of :p

    This looks delicious! my housemate is allergic to kiwis so i cant have them in the house. Although it is funny to watch him swell up (its a mean kind of love) lol xo

  4. Thank you all! :)

    So far I haven't thought of it, Stiller, but should I? :) Thank you for the nice compliment concerning my handwriting! :)

    Oh, poor Claire, Kiwis are sooo delicious!

  5. You definitely should! :)

  6. Ahh it looks DELICIOUS! And I've never thought of putting kiwi in jam, mmm! Thanks for sharing!


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