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Jam and Chutney
Fri 14-Oct-11
8:18 pm
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Hi I am a newbie to this site so please bear with me, if the answer is in an old blog let me know where and I will go to it.


Here goes, I have several damson trees in my garden and made loads of damson jam and chutney using the large kilner jars (made them about 6-8weeks ago)- can I decant the jams and chutney into smaller jars?  If so how what would the shelf life be?

Thanks hope u can help

Sat 15-Oct-11
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ooh, Hi Autumn19.never done this, so not sure, I imagine there will be risks of bacteria affecting the re potting as it's the heat that kills them off, but others may beg to differ

Sun 16-Oct-11
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I would be tempted to decant the jam/chutney and reheat to boil and fill in to smaller sterile jars again-possibly a small amount of added water to get back to the same consistency when re-potted. The problem with just decanting is you can get mould and yeasts in to the jam and risk spoilage later-refrigerating the sealed jars would solve part of your dilemma, but if you have loads of jars then that would not be feasible. Chutney has a slight advantage in that it is more acidic in nature which will help to control spoilage.


I remember E did this trick of reboiling with extra water some time back with chutney to refresh some one year old produce and then repotted in sterile jars, entered it in to the village show and it won the chutney competition!


I'm sure other more expereinced jam/chuney makers will have more to say on this.what_the_heck

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Sun 16-Oct-11
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I have done it with jam and sterilised the new jars before use. I also re boiled the jam adding a bit more water and sugar and returning it to setting point. The result was slightly thicker jam. I have never tried it with chutney as that sits in the cupboard for a good 6 months before use and once open is gone no matter the size of jar!

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Sun 16-Oct-11
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freezer jam just made, a weird concoction, raspberries , frozen cranberries, a few fossilized dates, couple of pears and shrivelled fruit bowl apples , aka mixed fruit jam !!!

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