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Strawberry Jam

A delicious jam which is bursting with flavor of a magic ingredient and that is lavender. Till recently i had never tasted lavender or had tasted something with it, but thanx to Simran of Bombay foodie,she had sent me a pack of dried lavender.I was so very elated with the heady aroma of it. This is my 1st attempt at making Jam and found it so easy , planning to experiment with a mix of other fruits as well.

Strawberry is a fruit which was hardly seen in Mysore some years back, it is only from a couple of years that the markets are flooded with it and this is Sakshi’s fav fruit as well. The Jam doesn’t contain pectin and i tried it in a small quantity and so happy with the result that have already planned to prepare a bigger batch.

Strawberry Jam 

Recipe Source: Good Food India Magazine

Ingredients

Strawberries 500gms

Sugar 1/2 cup

Lemon Juice 1 tbsp

Dried Lavender 1 tsp

Method

Wash and clean the strawberries and cut them into halves.

In a clean jar layer strawberry and sugar in layers with sugar being the top layer.

Sprinkle the dried lavender on the top so that all the flavor of the lavender will be absorbed.

Rest for 6 hrs or overnight in a fridge.

At this stage you can either crush the strawberries lightly if u like chunky jams or puree it.

I pureed the mixture with a bit of pieces peaking from it.

Transfer the mixture in a pan and cook it.

Add lemon juice and cook on a slow flame for the next 10 mins.

To test er the Jam is ready, drop a little jam on a saucer which is already chilled in the fridge and when u tilt it should not be runny, it should be set.

Once ready cool completely.

Pour the jams in a sterilized jar and store in the fridge.

Pinks Notes:

To sterilize jars i usually boil water in a wide pan and place the jar and the lid upside down . Rest in hot water for some time and keep them out in the sun till dry.

Do check this site for more info on sterilizing jars.

The qty of sugar mentioned here suited m just fine, the jam is not overly sweet , it has the tartness of the strawberry with the sweetness of sugar and the heady aroma of lavender.

Do try this and i bet you will fall in love with this jam.

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Mango Jam

MANGO”, the king of fruit, the favorite fruit of most of the people i have met, but here i confess that i am not a huge fan of mango, but my daughter is very fond of mangoes n will have atleast 1 everyday. what do you do when u have huge bunch of mango fast ripening and to put it to good use  i  prepared Jam. I have not prepared any fruit jam at home till now but gave a try n it came out quiet nice.

Mango Jam

Ingredients

3 Ripe Mangoes ( I Used the malgoba Variety)

3/4 Cup Sugar

1/2 Lime

Method

Peel cube & blend mangoes to a puree.I got around 2 1/2 cups of puree.

Transfer to a thick bottomed pan and add sugar and cook on a medium flame for 10 mins.

Add juice of 1/2 lime and again cook till it becomes thick. I must have cooked it for at least 30 mins on a slow flame.

I dint do any actual test to see whether the jam is set, i just took it off the flame when the qty was reduced to less than 1/2.

when warm store it in a bottle & refrigerate it.

My daughter was happy to eat spoonfuls off it when it was ready.The next day i checked the jam & it was nicely set.