So, you want to make a homemade present, but you can’t sew and you hate to bake? Why not try your hand at jam making? All you need is a few empty jam jars (a good excuse to finish the Nutella?) and you’re good to go. No knitting needles required.
2l bs blackberries
1 lbs apples
3 lbs sugar
Peel, core and cut the apples into slices.
Wash the blackberries in cold water to remove dust and debris, then remove any remaining stalks and any ugly ones (well not ugly, that’s cruel... mouldy ones).
Place the apple slices and blackberries into a preserving pan (or heavy based sauce pan).
Add the sugar and slowly heat the berries and apples, stirring all the time.
When the sugar is dissolved and the pan contains a liquid rather than dry fruit chunks, bring the pan to the boil.
Continue boiling the jam, and removing any scum that appears on the surface.
Test the jam on a cold plate and when a sample of jam sets, pour the jam into prepared (scrubbed and sterilised in a hot oven) jars.
Cover the lid with some pretty fabric, and tie with string for a pretty jam which tastes as good as it looks.
NOTE: To be eaten with scones and clotted cream. To use in a jam sandwich would be a jammy crime!
By Yvonne Dickson