If you are a beginner at jam making, raspberry jam is a good place to start because it is so quick. Enjoy the delicious taste of homemade raspberry jam full of fresh and juicy berries. With just a few simple ingredients you can create a delicious spread that is perfect for toast, scones or even as a filling for cakes and pastries. Whip up a batch of this heavenly jam and enjoy the satisfaction of enjoying your very own homemade treat. Get ready for a fruity flavor explosion that will leave you wanting more!
- 1 kg of raspberries
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 kg bag of preserving sugar (the one with added pectin)
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Sterilize your jars
Wash the glasses in hot, soapy water. Rinse it and then place it on a baking sheet in a low oven to dry completely. Keep them warm until you fill them.
- Sterilize the jars and put a plate in the freezer.
- Place half of the raspberries in a preserving pot and add lemon juice.
- Mash the berries with a potato masher until they form a paste and cook for 5 minutes.
- Place the cooked berries in a colander over a bowl to drain the juice.
- Using a wooden spoon, press the pulp through the sieve to remove the seeds.
- Pour the juice and pulp back into the preserving pot and stir in the sugar.
- Heat the mixture gently and add the remaining whole raspberries.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and then cook quickly for 5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and check that the jam wrinkles and looks like jam by drizzling some onto the chilled plate and pricking it with your finger.
- If the jam does not wrinkle, cook for another 2 minutes and test again.
- Stir the jam well as it cools to reduce any sediment on the surface.
- Pour the jam into jars and seal.
- Unopened jam jars can last up to a year, although the color may darken slightly over time.
- After opening, store the jam in the refrigerator.
Equipment and tools
To make homemade raspberry jam, you will need the following equipment and tools:
- Big pot
- wooden spoon
- Jam thermometer
- Glass funnel
- Jam jars with lids
This homemade raspberry jam recipe contains no known allergens. However, please note that people with allergies may be sensitive to ingredients not listed. Always check labels on commercial products and consult a doctor if you have any concerns.
Storage and leftovers
Store your homemade raspberry jam in clean, sterilized jars with tight-fitting lids. Allow the jars to cool completely before sealing. If stored properly, the jam will last up to 1 year in a cool, dark place.
After opening the jar, store the raspberry jam in the refrigerator and use within a month to ensure optimal freshness and flavor.
If you have leftovers, you can also freeze the jam in airtight, freezer-safe containers. If you want to use the jam, let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
Health Benefits of Homemade Raspberry Jam
Not only is raspberry jam a delicious treat to enjoy on toast or in various baked goods, but it also offers several health benefits. Making your own raspberry jam at home using fresh ingredients can ensure you get the maximum nutritional value. Here are some health benefits of homemade raspberry jam:
1. Rich in antioxidants
Raspberries are rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C, quercetin and ellagic acid. Antioxidants help protect cells from damage caused by harmful free radicals. Eating antioxidant-rich foods like raspberry jam can help reduce the risk of chronic disease and promote overall health.
2. Good source of fiber
Raspberry jam contains fiber, which is essential for maintaining a healthy digestive system. Fiber supports digestion, prevents constipation and promotes regular bowel movements. It also helps control blood sugar levels and contributes to weight control.
3. Vitamin C boost
Adding lemon juice to homemade raspberry jam provides a significant dose of vitamin C. Vitamin C plays an important role in strengthening the immune system, promoting collagen production for healthy skin, and supporting iron absorption.
4. Pectin for heart health
Preserving sugar with added pectin used in homemade raspberry jam may have additional health benefits. Pectin is a soluble fiber that helps lower cholesterol and improve heart health. It also helps control blood sugar levels and creates a feeling of satiety, which can be helpful in weight control.
Making your own raspberry jam gives you control over the ingredients used, ensuring it is a healthier option compared to store-bought jams that may contain added sugars and preservatives. Enjoy the delicious taste of homemade raspberry jam and benefit from the numerous health benefits at the same time!