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Chilli Jam
Fri 30-Sep-11
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Debbie Grant
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I have made chilli jam, put it into sealed jam jars, but it is too runny.  My question is can I open up the jars and reboil the jam to thicken it up, or do I start all over agchefain?

Fri 30-Sep-11
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Welcome to the forum Debbie.

Yes, you can, but you may have to add a little more pectin to it as you will be boiling it at a high temperature to thicken it. I would boil it up till it thickens up, testing it on a chilled plate every 3 or 4 minutes. If it doesn't thicken & set add some bottled or powdered pectin. Or if you used cooking apples or crab-apples as the base jelly you could add more of those. You would have to make this separately, then heat up your chilli jelly & combine, testing again.

*Some of our other preserve-makers might have some other ideas.....they will be along soon I hope.

You could also use it as a chili dipping sauce........?  smile

 

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Fri 30-Sep-11
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Hi Debbie, without seeing the recipe you used, it could be a variety of things, was it apple based or tomato?

could be the fruit/toms was too watery and not enough acid (lemon) or sugar has been added. I'd have a go at Hatties ideas first, if you have a few jars, you could tip one out and put it in a microwaveable container and try blasting it in the microwave for a few minutes, give it a stir and see if it's thickened, if it's not made any significant improvement, then it might be an acid/sugar issue

Sat 1-Oct-11
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Thank you both for the advice, am going to blast the jam in the microwave and test.  I used chillis and red peppers, not an apple at all.  Will try one jar and see what happens ... fingers crossedsmile!

Sat 1-Oct-11
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Yep, not enough pectin- a lemon or two should do it.

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

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oh, I've seen that recipe, but not tried it yet, agree lemons are probably the answer

Mon 10-Oct-11
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Debbie Grant said:

Thank you both for the advice, am going to blast the jam in the microwave and test.  I used chillis and red peppers, not an apple at all.  Will try one jar and see what happens ... fingers crossedsmile!

Hurrah!  I squeezed some lemon juice into the jam, blasted the jam in the micro for 10 mins, tested it and bingo it set.  Thanks for your advice ... I'm sure I will be back on site with more questions until then wave

Tue 8-Nov-11
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I finally got around to making my chilli jam. I haven't tasted it yet but it seems to have set properly. It was based on this recipe.

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Wed 9-Nov-11
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Mike, I couldn't get the link to work any chance you could have another look at it please?

I have reached an age where my train of thought often leaves the station without me...

Wed 9-Nov-11
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I can see it, Chris, but have you tried using the "Quote" as sometimes that enables you to see the link.  ok

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No, sorry Chris - got it wrong - I thought you meant the pic doh.

Tried the link, and yes, as you say - "Not Found".

Better go and have a sleep, perhaps I'll be more compos mentis !!!  laugh

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Wed 9-Nov-11
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Try this link: the one Mike posted had a spurious extra domain in it, so it didn't even point to the BBC site! Looks delicious; I love chilli jam *bookmarked*

Wed 9-Nov-11
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I was reading the comments on the recipe and had to giggle at this one:

"id like to try this but im not sure about the ginger quantity,what is a "finger" sized piece of ginger? is it literally a chunk the size of one of your fingers? if so which one? ive quite big hands so it could be overkill.any help appreciated, thanks." smile 

Wed 9-Nov-11
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The problem with the web address was caused cos I copied and pasted from my blog and that had mangled the address a bit steam

I'll try the jam with my lunch and report back later - I have no idea how hot it will be because my home made chillies are very variable in strength. At least it looks fairly good.

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It does look good - might have to try this one......

Thanks Mike, and Veronica for finding it. welldone

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