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Sun 22-May-11
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Can someone remind me how to deal with jam that sets too hard; 

 

had a batch of jam today that didnt set; reboiled it and added some lemon juice; this time it has set like toffeeangryangryangry

 

I am certain it can be rectified if i can get it out of the jar! So help please!

Mon 23-May-11
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wave Hi Shelley,

I think I remember this happening to my mother years ago (when sugar was rationed, so it's a VERY long time ago). She warmed the full jars to get it out & then once it was in the pan just added water bit by bit till it was the right consistency. She then re-potted it.  It was damson jam & it turned out fine. 

I think now I would just try a small amount to experiment before I did the whole batch.

Good luck with it.   fl

 

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Mon 23-May-11
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Hattie said:

wave Hi Shelley,

I think I remember this happening to my mother years ago (when sugar was rationed, so it's a VERY long time ago). She warmed the full jars to get it out & then once it was in the pan just added water bit by bit till it was the right consistency. She then re-potted it.  It was damson jam & it turned out fine. 

I think now I would just try a small amount to experiment before I did the whole batch.

Good luck with it.   fl

thank you!!

Mon 23-May-11
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Hi again Shelley, 

I have just been looking at your problem on the internet (just checking my remembered info) & came up with this.....

"Is there any way to save a batch of gluelike jelly?"

- NEVADA LAMBERT Fernley, Nevada

You can soften stiff jelly by melting it over low heat and stirring in a little fruit juice or water. When the jelly cools, it will be softer, but it won't have a true jelly texture. You can soften jam by reheating it with some additional crushed fruit or a little fruit juice. Store softened jellies and jams airtight in the refrigerator.

I found this on

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1216/is_n6_....._18425733/

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Mon 23-May-11
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Fiona did it by adding more water and dissolving the jam, some years ago now I think.

I'll try that again!

Mon 23-May-11
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I think in the end it will never be saleable and I will bin it and start again!

Thanks anyway

Shelley

Tue 24-May-11
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Bin it surprised, it would probably be great in cakes and for basting and for ........

Tue 24-May-11
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You could use it to make a fruit wine. Actually it is basically a fruit cheese so you could slice it & eat with various meals. I would put some of it inside roast duck or chicken & it would help make a delicious gravy/sauce. Add some of it when making chutneys. 

Good luck with recycling it. smile

 

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Tue 24-May-11
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Hattie said:

You could use it to make a fruit wine. Actually it is basically a fruit cheese so you could slice it & eat with various meals. I would put some of it inside roast duck or chicken & it would help make a delicious gravy/sauce. Add some of it when making chutneys. 

Good luck with recycling it. smile

I made some jam wine a few years ago and it was actually drinkable so that might be worth a go if all else fails. You'll need to add plenty of pectolase to destroy the pectin but it should go ok.

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Tue 24-May-11
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Thanks all laugh  Will try to recycle then

Tue 24-May-11
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big_hug Phew, that's another job well done for Save the jam man whistle

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