How to make homemade jam?

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Selection of Fresh Fruits

When it comes to making homemade jams, the choice of fruits is key. Opt for fresh, ripe fruits, as these will provide the best flavor and texture to your jam. Seasonal fruits are usually an excellent option, since they are at their peak of sweetness. Also, be sure to wash the fruits well before using them and remove any damaged parts.

Once you have your fruits selected, cut them into small pieces and remove the seeds if necessary . Remember that you can experiment with different fruit combinations to create unique flavors. From classics like strawberry or raspberry to more daring combinations like pineapple and coconut, the sky is the limit!

How to make homemade jam?
How to make homemade jam?

Preparation and Cooking

The next step is to prepare your fruits to turn them into jam. In a large pot, place the cut fruits along with the sugar and lemon juice. The sugar helps thicken the jam and gives it its characteristic sweetness, while the lemon juice helps balance the flavors and adds a touch of acidity. Let the fruits cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.

As the fruits cook, they will begin to release their juices and thicken. This process can take between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on the type of fruit and the amount you are using. It is important to continue cooking until the jam has a thick and viscous consistency. To check the consistency, you can do the cold plate test: place a small amount of jam on a cold plate and let it cool for a few minutes. If the jam does not slide easily when you tilt the plate, then it is ready!

Packaging and Storage

Once your jam has reached the desired consistency, it's time to package it. Wash glass jars and their lids well with hot water and dry them completely before using them. Fill the jars with the hot jam, leaving a small space at the top for sealing. Be sure to wipe any spills around the edges of the jars to ensure an airtight seal.

After filling the jars, replace the lids and tighten them tightly . To safely seal the jars, you can submerge them in boiling water for a few minutes or use the hot water processing method. Once sealed, let the jars cool completely to room temperature before storing in a cool, dark place. Your homemade jam will keep well for several months if stored properly.

Now comes the best part: enjoying your homemade jam! Use it to spread on toast, bread, cookies or even as an accompaniment to cheese. You can also incorporate it into dessert recipes or use it as a filling for cakes and tarts.

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