• Strawberry Jam   by Inge Harmer  This recipe works for all fruit
    To sterilize the glass jars, put them through the dishwasher or wash them thoroughly then pour boiling water into them then turn upside down onto a tea towel to drain excess water out of them. Wash the lids then put them in a jug and pour boiling water over them, then tip them out to dry. Metal lids are better as plastic doesn’t seal properly but you can use plastic but it won’t keep as long. If you have a glut of fruit and no jars or time, then cut up your fruit and mix in the sugar then freeze.

    Put 1kg strawberries (cleaned, hulled and cut into pieces) into a stainless steel saucepan preferably with a heavy base then add 1kg sugar & mix. Leave overnight or if you want a lighter mix, just leave for a couple of hours. Bring slowly to the boil stirring to dissolve sugar then wait a few minutes before you add 1 tsp citric acid and 1 tsp pectin mixed with a bit of sugar (approx. 1 tbspn) to the pot. You can use the juice of one lemon instead of the citric acid but don’t use the Meyer variety. Saucepan must be less than half full otherwise transfer half of it to another saucepan to do the hard boil stage. It’s best not to have a huge deep heavy pot as it is too heavy to lift once cooking is finished. Hard boil for 10 min then test for setting (have a cold plate in the freezer, put a teaspoon of jam on this plate & pop into freezer for 1 min. To test, push side of jam - if it wrinkles it will set) Stir occasionally during the cooking phase. After cooking has finished, turn off the stove. If you have made the jam in two pots, then transfer back into the one pot and take the scum off the top. You can use the scum as a spread on toast etc. Leave jam for 10 mins before filling the jars so the fruit won’t float to the top. Have 4-8 clean sterilized jars ready but this will depend on size. There is a special wide mouthed funnel available so you can easily ladle the hot mix in otherwise have a glass jug that has a good pouring lip and ladle the hot mix into the jug. You don’t need to fill right to the top but put the lids on immediately.

  • Apricot & Pumpkin Jam   by Russell Reinhardt
    Combine 250g chopped dried apricots with 1 litre of water in a bowl, cover and stand overnight.
    Combine in large saucepan: undrained apricots, 375g pumpkin, ¼ cup lemon juice, 2 tbs chopped glace ginger.
    Bring to boil, simmer, covered for about 20 minutes or till pumpkin is soft.
    Stir in 4 cups sugar and stir over heat, without boiling till sugar is dissolved.
    Once sugar is dissolved, bring to boil, boil uncovered without stirring for about 30 minutes or till jam jells when tested.
    Pour into hot, sterilised jars. Seal when cold.
  • Sugar free Jam   Great for diabetics    by Gloria Gibson – Nelson NZ   
    Gloria works in a rest home and makes sugar free jam for diabetic residents.
    Put 450 gms of fruit (blackberries, strawberries, blueberries or diced plums) in a pot and simmer gently until the fruit is soft but holding its shape. Add 1 tbsp powdered gelatin and stir through until dissolved. The jam will firm up when refrigerated.
  • Jackfruit Jam  by Jenny Scodellaro
    Boil 1 cup jackfruit puree and ¾ cup sugar with constant stirring until thick and clear.
    Pack while hot into sterilized jars and seal tightly.
  • Tamarillo Jam     by Mark Kickbusch
    Cut in half lengthwise and take off stalks. Boil 1 kg tamarillos  with 600ml water for 15 minutes. Remove skins, add 1kg sugar and boil another 30 minutes until it sets.