In a jam

Posted on December 7, 2010 by

What do you do with 12lb of damsons from one little tree?

When faced with this huge crop (well, it was for me in central London) I decided to try to make jam, something that I’d been meaning to do for ages. I had always been frightened to try before as it all sounded a bit complicated, with lots of specialist equipment to use. It turned out that the only equipment that you really need is a big, stainless steel jam pan and a funnel. Well that’s all I had! A couple of hours later I was filling my jam jars with a wonderful smelling, vivid purple goo…and it tasted good, too!

Now hooked, I have started to invest in some of that specialist equipment – like DIY, if you have the right tools everything is a lot easier. I have now made raspberry jam, green tomato chutney, marmalade and even raspberry gin and damson vodka. The jars are going to make great Christmas presents!

The latest was a grape jelly, which you have to filter through a cloth overnight to get it clear. This has enabled me to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches so the kids can see why Americans love them so much. And I have to tell you, my kids loved them too!

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