Yesterday we were lucky to be give about 1.5 kg of blackcurrants from Grandad Gray (we did help to pick them) on the condition that we return them as some kind of ‘product’! So…… this morning whilst Lizzie was very very busy sorting her toys into different baskets Becksie set to work. First job…… Blackcurrant Jam.
Now even on a really hot day nothing quite smells so lovely as making jam. It’s such a delight and this recipe is extremely easy with incredible results. This recipe is one from the River Cottage preserves book by Pam Corbin. Becksie was fortunate to meet ‘Pam the Jam’ at a WI event and snapped up a copy of this book, as if anyone can Jam then it’s Pam. Becksie was also very excited to have some very pretty new jars to use, she got them as a gift and it saved on the normal part that Becksie hates of scrubbing the old labels off collected jars. Don’t worry these pretty jars will be given with a note to return for a refill.
Here is what you do to recreate this most excellent Pam the Jam recipe.
Makes 6 large jars
1kg of blackcurrants
1.5kg of granulated sugar (Pam said golden but…… Becksie didn’t have any so used normal sugar and it still worked a treat)
Do a quality control check on your blackcurrants and remove stalks, leafs, twiggy bits and any other foreign bodies. Pam gives a note that the dry bits on the end of the blackcurrant can stay – phew).
Put the currants in a large jam pan and add 600ml of cold water. Place on a low heat and slowly bring up to simmering point.
Test to see if the jam has reached setting point. Becksie does this in the way Grandad Gray taught her – get a cold saucer….. drop some jam on it, leave to cool for a few minutes and then push the edge of the jam. If it wrinkles up…… its set.
If the setting point has not been reached bring to the boil for a few more minutes. Becksie was lucky and it was ready at first checking.
Remove jars from the oven (they must be fully dry and….. remember they will be hotter than the sun and should not be picked up……… Becksie knew she should have done this recipe in the company of a responsible adult).