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Plum jam - yum yum
Mon 24-Sep-12
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Well now Hattie - I have to tell you my plum jam set first time despite the majority of the fruit being a little too ripe smug so finally the day I get it right first time is here big_laugh big_laugh

The lovely feeling of getting something right is still with me so I'm going to tackle the runny lavender jelly batch and see if I can turn it into something equally yummy. The taste is already quite strong - sort of appley/honey flavours so I'm not sure where to start but hoping it might make nice mint jelly ponder

I'll just try a couple of the jars in case it doesn't work. Actually I had some on my porridge this morning and it is lovely as it is but having 9 jars of it is way too much for us to get through.

My hubby is getting orders from colleagues at work who bought the first lot of jams/jelly/chutney and so far no complaints so I'm feeling a bit more positive about things.

Just steamed a few punnets of raspberries from garden and have a litre of lovely rich juice now to make up as well - and maybe make a leather with the remaining pulp if I can find a nice easy recipe.

Thank goodness it's raining and I can ignore the washing & gardening and concentrate on the jams etc smile

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Mon 24-Sep-12
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wave Great news Maura & good luck with the jelly & the leather.  

 

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Mon 24-Sep-12
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what about using the pulp along with the lavender jelly (and maybe a bit of pectin) and make a Raspberry & Lavender Jam...Sounds nice at least. Hey well done by the way on the plum jam.

Tue 25-Sep-12
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Terrier said:

what about using the pulp along with the lavender jelly (and maybe a bit of pectin) and make a Raspberry & Lavender Jam...Sounds nice at least. Hey well done by the way on the plum jam.

 

Thanks Janet and talk about coincidence! I also thought to have a go at that and this morning I used the sieved pulp by adding 150g of sugar, lemon juice and boiled it in microwave for 4 minutes before adding it to some of the jelly which was simmering in pan. Boiled it all for further 2 mins and could see it was going to set even before I did the saucer test. It made 4 jars of jelly which I would describe as Raspberry & Apple.

I haven't been able to put my finger on this unusual taste it still has but I think it could be down to using a knob of butter in the original jelly mix to disperse the scum that formed. I have had this problem before and was advised that maybe the jam was too hot when the butter was added and burnt slightly. Since then I rarely use butter but the apple & (what should have been) lavender jelly had a lot of froth/scum so I let it cool a bit and then added a really small knob of butter (about half a tea spoon). I am never going to bother with butter again because in my opinion it definitely changes the taste. The butter was fresh and unsalted.

So to sum up - the apple & lavender is now raspberry & apple jelly and is very eatable but still has that very slight taste to it that is hard to describe.

I'm going to try mint with remaining 4 jars and I have kept one jar of the original jelly which I put on porridge and yoghurt. Waste not - want not smile

Thanks again ladies, your help and support always appreciated wave

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Wed 26-Sep-12
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Maura

I never bother with the butter for jelly recipes as I've been told it can cloud the jelly, with other jams, I tend to take it of the heat and keep stirring it for a few minutes and a lot of the scum disperses. the other option is to allow it to form a skin (cool slightly) then skim that off in one go and put it in the fridge for our use.

Wed 26-Sep-12
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Well it's another lesson learned the hard way but hubby says new batch of Raspberry/apple jelly tastes lovely and he is trained to be brutally honest big_laugh 

I like your idea of letting skin form and will definitely give that a go next time. I don't always have a problem with the scum, sometimes none at all but did wonder if jam sugar makes it worse? I don't use that very often now as couldn't get on with it. I like to see how much pectin I am adding and the jam sugar is bit hit and miss for me.

Somewhere I read that the scum is formed from impurities in the fruit so have always just washed it down sink ponderThe really frothy stuff looks like mousse but have never tried it.

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Wed 26-Sep-12
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Well I suppose you are right, it is impurities, but then again it's been boiled and sterlised, so it's not going to hurt you.  tastes just fine too to be honest. The other reason we don't pour down the sink is that we don't have mains drainage, so everything goes to either a septic tank or a soakway, so we've learned what goes around, comes around...if you pour sticky stuff/grease/  etc down the drain, it only comes back to haunt you and the drains need rodding sooner flaming_nora

Thu 27-Sep-12
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Plum jam with a stick of cinnamon and a glug of dark rum...... Yum!

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