07 April 2008
Putting Up is a brand new blog event dreamed up by two lovely ladies, the irrepressible Pixie and the queen of baking, Rosie.
Pixie and Rosie are asking us to dust off our preserving pans and make them some homemade preserves, quick sharpish! Well actually that's a fib, because they have generously given us until the 21st May 2008, but I couldn't wait to get started!
I was craving rhubarb after seeing Wendy's Stewed Rhubarb with Ginger, so I googled rhubarb and jam and hey presto, there it was, Rhubarb & Orange Jam by good old Mrs Beeton.
Rhubarb & Orange Jam
by Mrs Beeton
1.13L/2pt/1 quart finely-cut rhubarb
700g/1½lb loaf sugar
Peel the oranges; remove as much of the white pith as possible, divide them and take out the pips; slice the pulp into a preserving-pan, add the rind of half the oranges cut into thin strips, and the loaf sugar, which should be broken small.
Peel the rhubarb, cut it into thin pieces, add it to the oranges and stir all together over a gentle heat until the jam is done.
Remove all the scum as it rises, put the preserve into pots, and when cold, cover down. Should the rhubarb be very old, stew it alone for ¼hour before the other ingredients are added.
I grated the rind from the oranges before I cut them up, I used rhubard from last session, which I had chopped into pieces and frozen in a bag and I used white sugar, that I had sitting in the cupboard. I put a saucer in the freezer and did the wrinkle test, to judge when my jam was ready and then poured it into sterilised jam jars. The quantity was enough for 3 x 400g jars and a little left over to take a photo of and to try.
Graham came home from work and pronounced "I smell rhubarb!".
I tried to allay his fears by telling him the jam was mostly oranges and reminded him that he liked rhubarb, when I mixed it with strawberries to make Strawberry & Rhubarb Crumble.
He still looked very dubious, but I made him try some anyway!
His conclusion was "it has chunks", "yes Graham" I said, that would be the oranges and rhubarb!", "oh" says he! "Actually, it is really quite nice!".
Yay! Victory! Another point to me!
If you want to submit a preseve for the event, the rules are here.