This jam was just lovely! I used the recipe from one of the Ministry of Foods ‘Jams and Jellies’ leaflets (see below) substituting elderberries for blackcurrants (as I had a couple of bags in my freezer). I have 3 jams on the go right now, plain blackcurrant, this blackcurrant and apple and a rhubarb, apple and berry (recipe coming soon). I’m particularly enjoying a teaspoonful in my morning porridge or a dollop on my fresh homemade bread 2 or 3 times a week.
I sterilise my jars for these jam recipes by washing the jars, rinsing in hot water and then placing the empty jars in a pre-heated oven at 150C for 20 minutes, removing them on the tray moments before ladling in the hot jam. The lids I rinse, place in a bowl, pour over very hot water from the kettle until the lids are submerged, and leave them there for several minutes before the jam is added to the jars.
PS: There are useful jam making supplies on my Amazon shop HERE
- 1.5 lbs Blackcurrants washed & drained (frozen berries are fine)
- 1.5 lbs Bramley apples peeled, cored and cut into 1/2 inch sized chunks
- 2.5 lbs Granulated sugar (maybe only 2lbs of sugar if using sweet apples)
- 300 ml Water
- Put the water and apple chunks in a preserving pan (or similar) and simmer gently, stirring slowly until soft (about 5-10 mins).
- Add the blackcurrants, bring to the boil and simmer, stirring slowly until soft (about 5-10 mins).
- Add the sugar and keep stirring to dissolve the crystals.
- Once dissolved boil rapidly for 10 mins stirring regularly.
- Take off the heat and test a large drop of jam on a chilled saucer and if it crinkles after a couple of mins it’s ready (alternatively use a jam/candy thermometer until it reaches 105C)
- If not boil for another 2 mins and repeat the test until ready.
- Remove excess scum with a slotted spoon.
- Ladle into sterilised jars. Makes several x 300 ml jars
Caveat: You can further process the jams after bottling (submerged in hot water and simmered for a further 15 minutes for a jars up to 500mls and 25 minutes up to 750 mls). This is often used to ensure a proper seal/vacuum once removed from the hot water. Although I usually further process with pickles etc I don’t always with high sugar jams as long as everything is clean and piping hot and the rims of the jar are absolutely clean when placing the lids on. Although botulism is quite rare these days you can’t be too clean and too careful so feel free to process further… xx
BOOK UPDATE: “The Pandemic Pantry cookbook is about half completed now. It is taking longer than I thought mostly because I’ve been using the nice weather to work in the garden to try and prepare for planting a victory garden. With no job and an uncertain future right now I HAD to put this first and make it a priority knowing that the nice weather wouldn’t be with us forever (we are forecast nearly two weeks of rain starting tomorrow). I feel that our food supply is important especially if prices rise over the coming months and hopefully, a garden of sorts will help my economic situation a little if times get tough…. hope you understand. I’ll be catching up with the book this week. Thanks for all the great recipes and messages. It’s been AMAZING!” C xxxx
This is such a simple wartime recipe for a small quantity of delicious, velvety, deep-purple, mouthwatering blackcurrant jam. You HAVE to try it and so crazy-easy to attempt for your first go at making jam!
Fresh blackcurrants are preferable but to make it even easier I made this small-batch from frozen fruit perfectly! (In fact DON’T WAIT for fresh berries to come into the shops. It might be wise to buy some bags of frozen berries. Our British fruit pickers (over 90%) come from Eastern Europe each year performing vital services to our fruit harvesting industry. With our current ‘Coronavirus Pandemic’ situation, our normal guaranteed and reliable agricultural workers from overseas may be restricted from their normal annual travel to the UK which could be devastating for UK farmers if they cannot recruit enough British workers.)
Next time I go shopping (trying to restrict it to a maximum of once or twice a week for fresh produce), I’ll certainly be buying myself a bag or two of more frozen berries while they are available.
I enjoyed two slices of bread I made yesterday slathered in this ‘juicy assed jam’ with a nice cuppa tea and I recommend you do exactly the same.
It will make you smile.
Take care, stay safe, stay home
Blackcurrant Jam (makes 3 x 1 lb pots)
- 4 cups of frozen berries
- 3 cups of sugar
- 1/2 lemon squeezed (not vital)
- 1 teaspoon of pectin (not vital but I always add to all jams I make)
- Clean jam jars (rinse, heat in oven at 140C for 15 minutes)
- Clean lids (rinse, place in a small bowl, cover with hot pre-boiled water until ready to seal jars)
- Put the 4 cups of frozen berries in a large thick-bottomed saucepan and put onto a medium heat.
- Stir until berries are defrosted and simmering gently (about 5 mins). Remove from heat.
- Mash with a potato masher a little so some of the berries burst to the consistency you like.
- Mix the sugar and pectin and add to the berry mix and stir until all mixed together.
- Add in the 1/2 squeezed lemon.
- Return to medium heat and keep stirring slowly adjusting the heat so as not to burn.
- You need to bring the mixture to a rolling boil, stirring all the time and maintain this for about 10 minutes until the setting point has been reached (105 C or 220 F). If you don’t have a thermometer drop 1/2 teaspoon onto a cold plate and if after a minute it thickens and becomes fairly firm instead of liquid then it has reached the setting point.
- Once the correct temperature has been reached, keep stirring and give the mixture another minute.
- Remove from heat and stir again.
- Remove hot jars from oven (see above)
- Using a ladle and funnel, add the hot jam mixture to the hot jars and twist on the clean hot lids.
- Set aside, the jar will be hot and will take at least a few hours to cool.
- Jam is ready to use once it has totally cooled down and unopened will keep for a year or two.
People have asked me where I have been getting my cute jars and labels. The links are below:
JARS: 24 jam/chutney jars with gingham printed lids
LABELS: Re-usable and removable labels for jars and containers with chalk pen.
CANNING FUNNELS: 2 sizes, stainless steel for all jam/chutney/relish making.