Thursday, July 07, 2011

Blog Party // DIY Summer Projects: Day 4.


Hello, happy Thursday! :) Today I wanna show you how to make jam yourself. I already posted this recipe last year, but since most of you haven't been knowing my blog at that time, here is it again with a slightly different look. :) I just made jam according to the recipe a few days ago, so it is really easy and fast. :)



I made two different kinds of jar, so here are the ingredients for the first one:
- About 3,7 pounds of strawberries (German: 1,7 kilo)  
- About 1,5 pounds 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 (There are different ones: When I wrote this post for the first time, I used a type of preserving sugar whose proportion between sugar and fruits has to be at a ratio of 1 to 1, but this time, I used a type where the proportion between sugar and fruits has to be at a ratio of 1 to 3.)

Of course, you can vary the amount of fruits you use, the only thing that is important is that you don't forget to stick to the right ratio between sugar and fruits. :)

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 (or at another ratio, depending on the type of preserving sugar you are using) 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. :)
 

That's it! :) I hope you like the recipe and will try it out yourself. :) If you do so, you can feel free to send me photos or post a link to your own version, I'd love to see it!
I'm planning to make jam with another flavor this summer, too, I want some with banana, mango, pineapple and kiwi, I think  this is going to be delicious, too, and then I can keep some jars for winter and preserve the taste of summer a bit longer. :)
Love, Lu

4 comments:

  1. jamjam. wanna have some on my goodmorningtoast. :)
    xo Julia
    ps: thx for sharing

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  2. Turning around tha jars is a great trick but my family need 1 jar a week :-) Thus, the jam needn´t keep well very long :-)

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  3. i'm drooling all over my laptop thanks to these recent recipes. thank you!!

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  4. du sag mal ganz kurz: wie lange muss man die auf'm kopf stehen weil ich hab' meine die ganze nacht stehen lassen und hab' jetzt unten luft und nicht oben... hehe. :)

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