Thursday, 22 October 2009

Tomato & Apple Jam


Tonight I made a batch of tomato & apple jam. Here is the simple recipe.

Ingredients
500g tomatoes (skinned, deseeded and diced)
500g apples (peeled, cored and diced)
1kg granulated sugar
juice of half a lemon


Making and cooking it
1. Put the tomatoes and apples in a large pan with the lemon juice and gently cook on a low heat until the fruit turns into a pulp mixure.
2. Add the sugar and bring gently to the boil stirring often, and boil rapidly for 5 mins stirring lots to prevent burning.
3. Reduce the heat, and simmer very gently for a further 15-20 minutes stirring to prevent burning until setting point is reached. If using a sugar thermometer, the jam is ready when the temperature reaches 105C. If you don't have a thermometer, chill a saucer in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Spoon a little of the jam onto the cold saucer. Push the flat edge of a knife against the edge of the jam blob and if the surface wrinkles it is beginning to set. If it doesn't wrinkle, put the plate back in the fridge and cook the jam for another minute, then test again.
4. Allow to cool for 15 minutes then pour into sterilised jars. filling them almost to the top.
5. Cover the jars at once, using waxed discs and lids if you have them, set aside to cool.
6. If you don't have lids, when the jam is cold, cover the jars with cellophane, and secure with a rubber band.
7. Store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.
8. Don't forget to label the jam, including a date.

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