Trying to work my way through the excessive number of apples this year, some simply end up in the compost bin but in the meantime…
These packs are of the usual ways to cover jam once in jars. There are simpler methods – it depends upon how fast you get through your jam. With us, it’ll last a long time.
The waxed discs sit directly on top of the jam. The cellophane, wetted and then rubber-banded on the jar, shrinks as it dries.
First, collect together and clean jars and lids. Lids aren’t essential but handy once you open the jar, so you may as well keep ’em.
Below are the types of jar I prefer, wide-necked and easy to get at the contents. Bonne Maman jam jars are perfect.
They then go upside-down into a warm oven to dry and sterilise. You can buy special tongs for handling hot jars.
We have a huge jam pan, a French copper one. It’s said copper reduces vitamin C content but after boiling your jam, there won’t be much left anyway. It looks good and fits in well with our house, hung in the parlour.
To keep the apples from browning as long as possible, I dunked all the pieces in lemon juice. An asparagus pan facilitates this, being tall and narrow with a fitted basket.
It works – the apples stayed in perfect condition until I added sugar and cinnamon.
I washed, cored and chopped the apples, left the skins on to add bite and extra goodness and fibre lying in the rind. Once finished, I added the used lemon juice and a little water.
It was hard to get up to temperature; our stove is old and maybe not burning well. 105°C, plus or minus one degree, is jam-setting temperature. Mine reached about 102°C but no further. No worries. Apples contain so much pectin, this jam sets easily.
I added roughly the same weight sugar as apples, a heaped teaspoon of ground cinnamon and stirred.
For the minimalist, dispense with the lemon juice (the jam may be browner) and with covers. Make sure the jar is hot out of the oven, the jam still up in the 90s; fill the jar to the brim. Put a lid on tightly and turn the jar upside-down briefly. This will sterilise any remaining air and cause a seal to form.
Post 0026, 17/09/2018