A very easy raspberry jam recipe. As you know I don’t normally write about recipes, but since this is on our Bucket List for the Summer, I thought I would share our jam making experience. Easy Raspberry Jam Last night after nursery and work Monkey and I made some raspberry jam out of our haul on Saturday. I have been making jam and chutney on and off for about five years, ever since we started growing our own fruit and veg. When I’ve mentioned this to my friends I was surprised by how many didn’t know where to start. So I have put together some very basis instructions for all those new to jam making

1. Sterilise your jars – normally we save jars through the year for the Summer/ Autumn months. However this year I brought some from Hobbycraft only because we don’t seem to have been very effective at saving them this last few months! The easiest way to sterilise,  is to place them in the oven at around 150 degrees (fan) for 15 minutes or so. I have been told you can put them in the dishwasher although I’ve never tried. I sterilise the lids by putting them in a bowl and pouring boiling water over them.

2. Next place a small plate in the freezer, you will need this to test if the jams ready.

3. Weigh your fruit, whatever the weight of your fruit (strawberries, raspberries, plums etc) you will need equivalent weight in sugar. You can buy sugar with pectin in it (jam sugar) or failing that use granulated sugar. Now I’ve never had any issues getting strawberry and raspberry jam to set with normal granulated sugar. But if it’s your first time then get jam sugar to avoid disappointment! Jam making 4. If you prefer your fruit in tact then put the sugar and fruit in a bowl overnight as this will help. I’ve never managed it with raspberries so last night we just put them straight in together and mixed. To be honest other than weighing out the ingredients and adding and mixing the sugar this is really the extent of Monkey’s involvement, but he still enjoys helping.

Hubby brought me a jam pan for my birthday a few years ago, the main difference between that and a normal pan other than size is it that it has a heavy bottom. If you don’t have a specific jam pan then try and use the heaviest pan you’ve got.

5. Once mixed bring to the boil, add a glug of lemon juice and a knob of butter. The butter comes from my grandmother and is meant to help make the jam glossy. The lemon juice will help it set. Now recipes vary on timings I would give it a good 15 minutes (general rule of thumb). Make sure you are stirring regularly  if you are especially if you are not using a jam pan, as jam can burn very quickly. You really want the jam to reach 220F but I appreciate not everyone has a jam thermometer in their draw! So once it’s been boiling for 15 mins or so, it might already show signs of thickening anyway (especially if you used jam sugar) take a spoonful and place it on the plate retrieved from the freezer. Once it has cooled run your finger through it and if it crinkles then you are ready to jar up!

The crinkle test - making jam 6. It’s not crinkling… Give it a bit longer and try again (put the plate back in the freezer in between). Jam can be a bit of a waiting game. If its still not going they try adding a finely diced apple! Apples are very high in pectin and will help the jam to set.

7. Put the jam in the jars while it is still piping hot (best not for little ones to be involved at this point!). I add wax discs to ours which should stop mould forming if there is any condensation on the lid when they are sealed. Seal straight away, you are looking for the lid to be so tightly sealed it pulls the centre of the lid down (normally you will hear a little ping noise). If the centre still moves up and down then it’s not sealed properly, try to tighten it, if it’s still not pinged then put it aside so that you use that jar first. I would also check the temperature of the jam to make sure it hasn’t cooled down too much for any jars which are still left to be done. Raspberry Jam

We had 1.5kg of raspberries and it made 5 12oz jars. But to be honest it’s a great way of using up left over soft fruit, even if you only make a small bowl full it can be kept in the fridge and used as and when, as long as you use it reasonably quickly.

I  like using pretty labels on our jars as we sometimes give them away as presents you could also add little squares of fabric and secure with rustic string or a pretty ribbon. They make great Christmas presents and it’s a perfect way to use all those hauls from the pick your own – after all there are only so many strawberries you can eat. Every time I open a jar I remember the fun we had picking them.

Mudpie x

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46 Comments

  1. I like this and love how you packaged them. We had a go at marmalade last month (Paddington project!), J wants to do jam next. I always thought it was a lot harder to do this kind of thing. I know what the Little’s will be giving out for Christmas now! Great excuse to do lots of PYO too. Xx

  2. memybooksandi Reply

    I’ve never been brave enough to make jam, this recipe makes it sound less scary though so maybe I will at some point! Thank you for sharing x

  3. Yum. I love homemade jam jam but I’ve never attempted to make it myself. Maybe I’ll get brave next time I come into some fruit 🙂

  4. My mum used to make jam when I was little! What great memories your creating! The jars looks really cute! #foodpornthursdays

  5. I’ve always wanted to make jam but never have because I thought it was too complicated – but your way it’s not! I’m going to be making some soon #foodpornthursdays xx

  6. A Moment with Franca Reply

    Oh wow, look that presentation!! No differences from one that you could buy from the supermarket!! You are very talented, xx #PicknMix

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  8. I really should try jam making. You make it look very easy. I’ve made chilli jam before so I know the basics. Much more satisfying eating your own.

    Sally @ Life Loving
    #picknmix

  9. Ooh I love jam on toast! I’ve never tried making it myself, but I may give it ago at some point now! Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix hon,

    Stevie xx

  10. Becky, Cuddle Fairy Reply

    Yummy!! Looks delicious hun & love got you got your son involved to help 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with #foodpornthursdays x

  11. This is making me think of my nan who makes yummy raspberry jam! Looks fab lovely. Thing is I scoff all my raspberries so quickly! Hah none left for jam xx #twinklytuesday

  12. Angela Milnes Reply

    Your so talented Clare. This is something we should do one day! Go to the strawberry fields and then come home and make jam. “Of course my hubby would have to to the majority of the work” as my capabilities are limited but it would be fun! I also love your jars! so cute!

    Angela xx

  13. mummyfever Reply

    Oh how wonderful that you have a little helper – very like my kitchen #twinklytuesday

  14. Jessie, FlusteredMom Reply

    Fruit goes so quickly in our house I’ve never had enough left over to make jam. I must get some in bulk and try it because nothing is better than fresh jam. Thank you for sharing! #TwinklyTuesday

  15. I’ve never made jam, but I made an extraordinary grapefruit marmalade a few years back. I used a hot water bath for sealing the jars, which was a lot of work. Thanks for linking with #TwinklyTuesday. I suppose I know what I’m doing next time we go berry picking!

  16. I love jam making. It is one of my favourite summer things to do. That said, I always use jam sugar, just in case. My mother has the same tips as you with the cold saucer and the lemon juice too.
    #kidsinthekitchen

  17. I love making jam and chutney, I haven’t got round to it this year yet but I think I will be making some time for it now! My grandma gave me her beautiful Jam making pan when she got too old to make it any more so it is always quite a special event when I get out her pan! I have such fond memories of helping her when I was a child! Thankyou so much for linking up with #kidsinthekitchen again last week, I’m sorry I am late with commenting, the weekend just disappeared! Todays linky is now live (at last!) it would be lovely to have you again x

    • There is definitely something about jam pans! I am quite attached to mine too. Thank you for hosting lovely will be back next week xx

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