I think homemade jams are lovely gifts and they can be made just that extra bit special by including a little ceramic jar in which to serve the jam, together with the recipe. You could also include a teaspoon, or jam spoon. I like including unusual spoons.
Makes about 750ml
Easy Strawberry & Blueberry Jam
1.5 kg fresh strawberries, rinsed and hulled
3 cups castor sugar or jam sugar
2 tablespoons orange-flavoured liqueur
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1 tsp. cold butter
Rinse the strawberries under cold running water, then drain and hull. Cut the strawberries in half or quarters, leave the small strawberries whole. Place the strawberries and blueberries in a deep, heavy-bottomed pot and toss them together with the sugar and orange-flavoured liqueur.
Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring often. Add the apple and continue to keep the mixture at a rolling boil, stirring occasionally, and skim and discard any foam that rises to the top, until the jam reaches 105C on a sugar thermometer. This should take 25 to 35 minutes. At this point the jam should have thickened quite nicely, add the cold butter, stir through and remove from the heat. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature and then store covered in the refrigerator. It will keep refrigerated for at least 2 weeks. To keep the jam longer, pack and seal in canning jars according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Place a pretty pot on top of the lid of the jam, place these two items in the middle of a square of cellophane paper, pull all the corners together at the top and tie with a bow. Hand write or type up the recipe, roll up and tie with a complementary bow or decoration of your choice.
- The pectin in the apple helps with the setting of the Jam. You can also replace the castor sugar with Jam sugar which already includes the necessary pectin.
- Don’t fret too much about removing every last scrap of foam that forms during the cooking process, this will disappear altogether with the addition of the cold butter at the end
Don’t for get this food gift idea posted previously the gift of home made Mayonnaise