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My first go at making jam
Thu 15-Aug-19
3:35 am
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I have a wild greengage tree with some good fruits on it, and I'm going to give it a go. 

 

new jam jars are 50 p each but store bough cheap and nasty jam Is 27 p so could I put my Jam straight into these presumably sterile at the factory jars after I empty out the junk inside ?

Thu 15-Aug-19
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Hello Waterworks and welcome.

Yes, you can use jars that have contained something else, I do it all the time.  Whilst they're sterilised in the factory, once we've opened them they're no longer sterile, so I would still wash them.  If you have a dishwasher, that'll do the trick, if not, then handwash in hot soapy water, rinse and dry in the oven on low heat (they'll crack if it's too hot).  Sorry if I'm teaching you to suck eggs!

Don't throw out the cheap factory jam (we're all about reusing and less waste here) - use it to fill sponge cakes or heat and use as a fruity sauce for icecream.  

learning to love veg…..except celery :-O

Fri 16-Aug-19
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Hallo Waterworks, and Welcome, and hallo Sue.x

First of all, ask everyone for Jars, you will get a few. Send to Lakeland, for ars, they will be cheaper than buying am and tipping it out. Sorry, my jer, is not working. Wash your ars, new title, and sterilize in hot Oven, well medium heat. When am is ready, pot and put a Disc on top, don't forget to boil your Lids, as well, dry well, before screwing on to your am.

So far this Year, have made Strawberry, Raspberry, Strawberry/Raspberry, Apricot, still got loads to make, forgot Blackcurrent and Apple,Chutney, ust started, as my Apples, and Plums are not ready yet, but Made Courgette, Onion, and Apple. Going to pickle some Cucumber too, loads to do.

Tue 3-Sep-19
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Hi Waterworks

Yes old jars are fine if washed well - put them in the oven on a tray and set the temp to UK 140. When the oven has maintained the temp for five minutes turn off the heat and your jars are sterile and ready to use.

One good tip is when you fill your jars place several sheets of old newspaper under them to catch the drips. This saves a lot of time cleaning off the stove top or your kitchen worktops! Also a really good investment is a jam funnel - it's also great for pouring anything into a jar from nuts to beans and rice!

Thu 5-Sep-19
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I harvested the single small Greengage tree but only got one jar of jam out of it, but it was very good and its been eaten in a week, i just cooked the fruit down added sugar until it tasted right and thickened up and stuck it in the jar, it took minutes. 

I'm now waiting for the damsons to ripen ,  if they ripen, our ones are small thick skinned and still sour. 

Sun 8-Sep-19
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I love greengages. UK greengages are so difficult to get hold of unless you have a tree. The French ones in the supermarkets are just not the same and seriously not worth bothering with for jam as they do not have the flavour of our English ones. Like you I always try and use the fruit from my garden, however small the harvest - obviously you can't get better than that! I had a super damson tree - unfortunately cut down by my neighbour by mistake when he was clearing our shared hedge of damson trees planted by the mice 🙁 So no damsons this year. I'd love to hear how you get on with the damsons!

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Would love to get my Paws on either of these gorgeous Fruits, but never see them in Scotland. Well done for making a start, Waterworks, there is nothing nicer than Cupboards filled with your home made Preserves. Am desperate to try your new Recipe for Chilli am, Fiona, but do not have liquid Pectin, I wonder if it would work without it. my ger, is not working!

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As have said elsewhere, have made Fiona's Recipe, with a few tweeks, and it is a beautiful Flavour, was naughty, kept one tiny ar, can't wait till Xmas, and had it on it's  own, on Bread, of course, for Supper last Night. Think where I may have gone wrong, was par cooking the Peppers, and that brought the Volume down.  Am certainly going to give it another try. I have picked all my Green Tomatoes, so must make Green Tomato Chutney, then am finished Chutneying. I have my usual Recipe, but any one got a nice Recipe, will be making more than one lot, so many Green Tomatoes this Year.

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