05 August 2010
Strawberry & Rhubarb Jam
Strawberry and Rhubarb Jam
3 lbs strawberries
1 lb rhubarb
juice of 2 lemons
4 lbs caster sugar
1 vanilla pod
1 knob of butter (this helps to eliminate the scum that floats to the top)
Wash the strawberries and rhubarb. Slice the strawberries in half and the rhubarb into 2cm long chunks.
Place the sugar in a heatproof bowl and pop in a moderate oven for 10 minutes to heat up.
Put a saucer in the freezer to test the jam.
Place the fruit in a large, heavy based saucepan with the lemon juice and heat up to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes.
Slice open the vanilla pod and scrape the seeds into the bowl containing the sugar.
Add the warm sugar and vanilla to the pan, stir to dissolve and bring to the boil.
Boil for around 10 minutes over a high heat, stirring regularly (my jam took 20 minutes, but this was because I used frozen rhubarb, so it produced a lot more liquid as it cooked, fresh rhubarb & strawberries should only take about 10 minutes, but just judge it as you go).
To test the jam, put a spoonful on your cold plate, leave to sit for a few seconds and then push your finger through the jam, if it wrinkles, it's ready.
Remove from the heat and pour into sterilised jam jars (I sterilise my jars in the dishwasher).
The jam will set as it cools.
Makes around 6 lbs of jam. I filled 6 x 400g jars and 1 x 500g jar. I use a mixture of bought and collected jars.
We are really enjoying this jam. You can taste the rhubarb, but it is quite subtle. I think I will change the quantities next time, so there is more rhubarb and less strawberries.
Here are some thoughts on how to use your jam, other than smearing it onto buttered bread.
* Smeared onto warm Blueberry Scones.
* Loaded on to Delia's Scones with a dollop of rich clotted cream.
* A squidgy surprise in the middle of fresh, sugary Doughnut Muffins.
* Spread in the obligatory Peanut Butter & Jam Sandwiches.
* Smeared into the middle of The Caked Crusader's Coconut Sandwich Cake with Coconut Buttercream.
* Sandwiched in the middle of Lucie's Coconut Slices.
* Blended into Chele's Strawberry Jam Bread.
* Drizzled over Nic's British & American Pancakes.