The Summer brings an abundance of fruit in our household. Our trugs and pots are overflowing with strawberries, blueberries and blackcurrants. The tree which we planted here when we moved lavishes copious amounts of fruit for us every year without fail. When we have that much fruit, we have to put it to good use. So we make jam.
You can make it conveniently and quickly using the Jam and Jelly Maker from FreshTECH. You add soft fruit, sugar and the juice from one lemon then you’re ready to go.
Easy Berry and Pear Jam
Yield 2.5 lb jars worth
A quick and easy recipe featuring Organic Strawberries, Blueberries and Pear. Homegrown.
- 400g of hulled strawberries (we used a mixture of our Elsanta and Cambridge Favourites)
- 400g of peeled pears (we used our own Gieser Wildeman pears)
- 200g of blueberries (we used our Sunshine Blue variety)
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/2 tsp butter (we used goats)
- 1kg jam sugar (1:1 Tate & Lyle is best for this)
We started with our strawberries hulled and our pears peeled with their pips removed.
Add all fruit to a processor and pulse until the fruit has broken down. Pulping the fruit puts less strain on the machine and makes a smoother preserve. Add this mix to the bowl of the machine with the lemon juice and the butter. Then plug the device in, and hit the "Jam" button. This preserve takes longer than the 21-minute default so hit the + button up to 30 minutes (its max setting).
After 4 minutes you'll hear the beeps to add the sugar then. Pour the sugar in slowly and evenly. We used a silicone spoon to submerge some of the sugar too.
While the mixture is cooking, sterilise your jars. Heat the oven to 140c/275f/Gas Mark 1. Wash the jars and lids with warm soapy water, rinse them thoroughly. Put the jars on a baking sheet and pop them in the oven to dry off for about 20 minutes.
Your jam should then be ready. Slowly spoon the mixture out of the machine and into the jam jars. Pop on a little wax circle, and a clear cellophane circle on the jar and fasten the lid.
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