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Damson Jam Recipe

 

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Yield: Serves 4 Total time Keywords

Keywords: Vegetarian    Cold  Accompaniment  Jam Preserve  Preserves  Preserving

 

Ingredients

1.8kg/4lb  Damsons, stoned
240ml/8fl.oz. Water
1.3kg/3lb Granulated Sugar

Instructions

 

1. Prepare the jars (see notes below).

 

2. Place the damsons in a large saucepan with the water. Bring to the boil over a medium heat then reduce the heat and simmer until the damsons are tender.

 

 

3. Add the sugar and stir over a low heat until it dissolves.  Raise the heat and boil rapidly for about 10 to 20 minutes. Test for a set (see notes below).

 

4. Remove  from the heat and leave for 10 minutes.

 

 

5. Ladle into hot jars then cover, seal and label (see notes below).

 

TIPS AND OPTIONS: 

 

Jars - Use jars which are free from cracks, chips or flaws – the best sizes to use are 450g/1lb although 1kg/2lb jars can be successfully used for pickling fruit.  Prepare the jars by washing well in warm soapy water and rinsing thoroughly. Dry the jars in a cool oven (140C, 275F, Gas Mark 1).  Fill whilst still warm to prevent the jars from cracking when the hot filling is added.

 

Testing for a set – Remove the pan of jam from the heat. Drop a teaspoonful of jam onto a cold saucer. Allow it to cool then gently push your finger through the jam.  If it wrinkles a satisfactory set has been achieved. If it doesn’t, return the saucepan to the heat and continue to boil for a few more minutes then test again. Repeat as necessary.

 

Filling the jars –  Fill  to the top then wipe the rims of the jar with a damp cloth. Immediately cover with a waxed disc whilst still hot (wax side down). Allow to cool then cover with cellophane,  securing with a rubber band. For long term storage secure the cellophane with a screw top lid.

 

 

   

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Additional information about this Damson Jam recipe

Also called Damask plums, Damsons are an autumn fruit at their best in September. They are a small fruit similar to plums but with a more sour flavour  making them ideal for jams and preserves.
 

Key techniques required to make this recipe

 

Boil - To bring a liquid to boiling temperature and to maintain it throughout the cooking time.

 

Chop to – To cut into pieces of approximately the same size

 

Slice to -  To cut food, such as bread, meat, fish or vegetables, into flat pieces of varying thickness.

 

Tips, Options and Substitutions

 See above

Key techniques required to make this recipe

 

Boil - To bring a liquid to boiling temperature and to maintain it throughout the cooking time.

 

Chop to – To cut into pieces of approximately the same size

 

Slice to -  To cut food, such as bread, meat, fish or vegetables, into flat pieces of varying thickness.

 

Tips, Options and Substitutions

 See above

Main equipment required to make this recipe

 

 

Very large saucepan or preserving pan

Glass Jars with lids

Wax Discs

 

Related Recipes and Information

More Jams, Pickles, Preserve Recipess

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