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Damson jam wih apples
Fri 5-Oct-12
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mauramac
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I have a small amount of damsons - 500g and would like to make some jam or jelly with them but realise this is too small an amount so was just wondering about adding some apples to make up to 1kg.

I could pop down to supermarket and buy some more damsons but have apples to spare, both sweet ones and Bramleys so thought it worth asking if anyone has ever used this combination.

I love Damson jam and haven't mixed the fruit before so if anyone has tried it can you let me know if flavours were ok together. I would just go for it and experiment but the  Damsons are not freebies - they are from Tiptree estate and quite expensive. Sadly I don't like them raw o they need to be jammed soon.

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Fri 5-Oct-12
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Never tried it but don't see why they wouldn't go together - after all, you can have plum and apple (well, you can have anything you like, really!!).  Go for it.

 

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Fri 5-Oct-12
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Yep - I put my hand up to that but also I like to ask because it's a way of communication as well. I enjoy the discussion and chats that quite often follow on from a question - even one that might be viewed as unnecessary.

I take the view that if anything I post or ask about isn't of interest to some people then they will hopefully just ignore it whistle

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Sat 6-Oct-12
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Never tried damson and apple, but don't see why it shouldn't work, apples are used to bulk out lots of jam recipes, so I'd give it a try. Damson jam is quite a strong flavoured jam, so I'm sure it could take it.

Sat 6-Oct-12
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It is lovely, had to mix my damsons with apple this year as not enough flesh on the damsons.

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Sat 6-Oct-12
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Brilliant result - jam is delicious and dare I say it even better than last years Damson only jam smile

It has a really rich deep red colour and is just so scrummy.

I used 500g damsons, 500g bramleys, 900g sugar.

Now to tackle those pesky quinces eeek

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Sat 6-Oct-12
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Have to say that it is one of my favourites now

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Sat 6-Oct-12
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Aly, you make quince jelly don't you? I'm in two minds of what to do with this first batch as not used quinces before.

I put 2.5lbs of my quinces (which we think are the Japanese ornamental variety) into my steamer and got some juice but not a massive amount - they did look quite dry inside.

However the juice does tend to be very concentrated when extracting this way and the texture is very syrupy so I could add some water or apple juice to it to make it go a bit further but worried it might spoil the quince flavour.

I also sieved the remaining pulp and have a large bowl of it so I'm now wondering if I should make quince jam by either mixing the pulp back with the juice or maybe adding apple juice to the pulp. I am keen to have some jelly but don't mind making jam if theres not enough juice to make jelly with.

I only have about 400ml of juice and normally I would use around 1200ml to make some jelly - so I'm torn as to what to do with the juice & pulp.

How muh juice would you normally use to make some jelly and have you ever made the jam version?

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Sat 6-Oct-12
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Sorry no experience with quince but I would have thought apple would work with them. I would just give it a go. All jellies take more juice than jam to make so you may not have enough. Hope you get something sorted.

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Sat 6-Oct-12
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To be honest Maura, I'd probably go with just making a small quantity of quince jelly with the juice you have, never made jam, or membrillo ( quince cheese) and if you mix it with apple juice, you may lose the beauty of just quinces. No experience with steam juicer , sorry.

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Thought someone would know! I have never had quince. A neighbour was going to give me some but the crop failed.

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Sun 7-Oct-12
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Thanks ladies, I was bit worried I would lose quince flavour. I do have another 2.5 lbs of Quinces on the way so will steam or boil/strain those and add to juice I already have - it might make a couple of jars. I think it was Hattie who noticed they looked a bit dry when I posted a photo of one cut in half. They probably should have been used as soon as picked but as we hadn't had them before I thought they needed to ripen up roll_eyes Well at least I now know they are the Japanese quinces and probably not the best variety for jelly and the good news is that a farm shop nearby is selling Quinces so if they haven't already been snapped up I might be lucky and get some nice ones.

Hope you both have a lovely weekend - whats left of it and that the rain stays away for you. Not too bad in our part of Kent this morning cool

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