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Retro Homemade Jam Recipe

Up until about 18 months ago we thought that making jam was incredibly difficult...of course we hadn't actually tried to make it, so all of this was completely in our heads!  After Googling a recipe we realised that it was really simple to do!  We only use one recipe whatever the flavour, and it turns out fine every time - why not have a go?

Apricot Jam recipe from yay retro!

Easy Peasy Homemade Jam Recipe

Get around 8 jars and their lids, run them through the hottest wash in the dishwasher to sterilise. (If you do not have a dishwasher, place them on a baking tray in a hot oven for around 20 mins).

Place 4 saucers in the freezer - you'll need these later on to test the 'set' of your jam.

Have ready some labels  etc


1.4kg (3lb) clean Fruit  (so far I've tried Plums or Apricots or a mix of Raspberrys and eating apples)

450ml (3/4 pint) water

1.4kg (3lb) Preserving or Jam Sugar

juice of 1/2 lemon

Wash the fruit.

Remove the peel and core the apples if using.

Place the fruit  (leaving the stones in the plums will help the jam to set - just fish them out at the end of cooking!) and water in a large heavy pan and simmer gently for about 20 minutes, until the fruit is really soft.

Add the sugar over a low heat and stir until dissolved.

Now increase the heat and boil for about 10 minutes, stirring all the while.

To test is your jam is set, remove one of the saucers from the freezer and place a teaspoon of your jam mixture onto it, leave to cool then push it with your finger. If it wrinkles and appears thickened your jam will set.

Allow the jam to cool slightly. Using a jam funnel - if you have one, fill each jar to just below the top. Now holding the jar with a tea towel to protect your hands, screw the lid on very tightly, and leave to cool.

Once cool wipe down the jar to remove any spilt jam, label and decorate with paper jam jar 'lids'.

Store in a cool dark place until needed.

Now why not check out our preserve pots in the yay retro! shop :O)

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