Sunday, 20 July 2008

The Great Strawbery Jam Experiment -- Part Two

As promised, here is the conclusion of The Great Strawberry Jam Experiment.Step #10: Bring back to boiling, and cook at a rapid boil for 5 minutes. (No, I didn't boil my hand ... I have no idea why it looks so red here. Maybe it's a reflection of the jam!)Step #11: Remove from heat and ladle into hot sterilized jars. (Oops! I dribbled a bit there ... it's hard to ladle and take pictures with your non-dominant hand all at the same time!)

Step #12: Put on hot lids and screw bands. Oh, and if you don't have one of these "do-hickies" or "thing-a-ma-jigits", run out and get one! This clever little magnet on a wand beats the heck out of scalding fingers when fishing hot lids out of boiling water!

Step #13: Into the hot water bath canner for these jars ...

Step #14: ... and into the fridge for this partially filled jar. (I'll just have to eat this little bit on my breakfast toast!)Step #15: Process jars in boiling water for 10 minutes, then remove from canner.Step #16: Wait for that magic "click" that tells you each jar has sealed. Voila! Five bee-oo-teeful half-pint jars of Strawberry Jam to enjoy this winter! Oh, and that partial jar I tucked away in the fridge for breakfast? I thought I'd have a wee "tea-and-toast-in-the-afternoon" break ...Mmm mmm! Fabulous deep red colour ... berry pieces quite firm ... soft but decent gel ...

Tastes VERY strawberry ... slightly tart ... just the way I like it! I hereby declare The Great Strawberry Jam Experiment a GREAT SUCCESS!

PS: I'll bring you a jar, "L", but I'd like to point out that you COULD make your own ... I've just provided you with step-by-step instructions! ;-P


Anonymous said...

Guys dont make jam. L.

LDF said...

Do you seriously want an argument HERE about gender roles? I'm pretty sure you already know what I'd say!!!

PS: you just kissed your complimentary jar of jam bye-bye!