Every Christmas I make jam as gifts for my family- it’s so simple to make and tastes even better when it’s homemade, plus it lasts for so long that you don’t have to worry about people not using it within a certain time period. I use frozen packs of berries so that I can store them for longer and always have some on hand in case I need to whip a batch of jams, but you can use the same amount of fresh berries if you prefer.
- 500g frozen mixed berries
- 600g jam sugar
- 2 tbsp all spice
- Knob of butter
- Defrost the berries in a pan and then use an electric blitzer to crush them into a liquid form- don’t worry about getting it too fine but try to get the lumps out.
- Mix on a low heat and combine with the all spice and then add all of the sugar.
- Stir until the sugar dissolves, being careful not to let the jam boil at this point.
- Add the butter, then increase the heat to a rolling boil, stirring constantly. You want there to be a boil that stirring will not put down.
- Once you’ve achieved this, set a timer for 4 minutes and stir while the jam boils. It will turn darker in colour and froth slightly from the middle.
- Remove from the heat and pour into clean, warm jam jars (I fill roughly 4 with this mixture and often double up my quantities).
- Leave to cool with the lids off until the jam forms a skin on top and then label.
This jam is so simple to make and can be adapted depending on what berries or spices you prefer to use, and makes such a thoughtful gift for someone! Happy jamming!
Lots of Love,