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nectarine jam

Jam Session #3 – Nectarine Jam with Cardamom

Welcome to my Jam Session #3! This variation is the most exotic one I ever made. Usually I stick more to middle European fruits like strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and currants, but this time I had to try something new as my local supermarket offered nectarines that tasted amazing and were just perfect in colour, shape and ripeness. Like always, I didn’t just cut the fruits into pieces but pureed them with a hand blender to get the desired creamy texture. In this case I added cardamom and cinnamon, but other spices like vanilla might work very well, too. Nectarine Jam with Cardamom and Cinnamon Source: own creation Ingredients 1200 g nectarines, peeled and cut into pieces 400 g preserving sugar (3:1) peel of one lemon 1 tsp grounded cardamom 1 pinch grounded cinnamon Instructions Firstly, prepare some jars, clean them precisely and sterilize with boiling water. Peel the nectarines and cut them into pieces. Put the nectarine pieces in a pan. Puree the fruits until smooth. Boil the fruit pulp, than add the sugar and …

strawberry jam

Jam Session #2 – Strawberry Jam

Welcome to my Jam Session #2! Today’s jam is – in my opinion – THE classic among jams: strawberry jam. This opinion might be caused by my father, who unconditionally only consumes strawberry jam. No matter how many different (homemade) jams are stored in my parents’ basement (my mother is also a busy jam bee), if there is no strawberry jam left, it has to be bought. You don’t need any spices for that jam, strawberries in this case are best used plain, without anything that could distract from the taste. Like I already mentioned in Jam Session #1, I always use preserving sugar 3:1, means for example 1200 g strawberries and 400 g preserving sugar. In Germany it is possible to buy preserving sugar for the relations 3:1, 2:1 and 1:1. I always prefer the first variation, because the result comes out less sweet and there is not too much sugar covering the taste of the fruits. Some years ago I first tried to puree the strawberries in order to get a smoother texture, …

Jam Session #1 – Blueberry Jam with Elderflowers

This is the first of three posts about the different jams I preserved this year. Summer is my preferred season for making jam, as at this time it is possible to use a large selection of different fruits. Of course, nowadays you can buy everything at every time of the year, but I try to use products that are produced as regionally as possible and furthermore I never experienced strawberries in the winter which actually tasted like strawberries. There is only a short period of time in which it is possible to make this variation dependent on the flowering time of the elder, but this ingredient definitely adds a very special flavor. Blueberry Jam with Elderflowers Source: own creation Ingredients 750 g blueberries (fresh or frozen ones can be used) 250 g preserving sugar 3:1 about 8 elderflower umbels, the single blossoms picked off Instructions Firstly, prepare some jars, clean them precisely and sterilize with boiling water. Put the blueberries in a pan. (If frozen blueberries are used, wait until thawed.) Puree the fruits until …

Quince Chutney

Quince Chutney

My mother planted a quince tree in our garden a couple of years ago. I assume that I infected her with my passion for trees what leads to heated discussions about which tree to plant next, and even more important, WHERE to plant. Our quince tree didn’t have many fruits over the last couple of years. First there were three quinces, the year after there were six… and always half of them fell down before the fruits had the chance to ripe. So as you can imagine, the situation was a bit frustrating. This year finally, something happened to that tree. I don’t know what it was, maybe the extremely hot and dry weather, maybe the usual maternity process of these plants. No matter what the reason was, the effect on the amount of fruits was amazing. We finally harvested four big baskets full of quinces last autumn. Who ever tried to process quinces knows that they are – well, let’s say they are a pain in the ass. Please don’t understand me wrong, I …