Hahahahaha! I’m so funny! You see this post is about making some jam so I included a song that’s, well, not about making jam, actually*.

As I’ve mentioned before, I picked quite a lot of soft fruit a couple of weekends ago. The majority of the raspberries went straight into the freezer to be used at a later date. I’m not sure what yet, I’ll possibly make some jam, but not until I have finished eating this lovely strawberry jam I made with all the fruit from the PYO (after having a mass strawberries and cream extravaganza with some friends).

Strawberry Jam

Yum. My jam didn’t set, so I’d follow Delia’s method here if I were you. I’m not sure what happened with mine, maybe I didn’t have enough pectin, maybe my jam didn’t quite reach the setting point. It’s still very tasty though.

kitchen helper

I had a helper. And when I say helper, I mean someone shedding fur into the jam (it adds texture!) and hoping I start cooking meat pronto.

The most successful thing I made with my fruit though wasn’t a jam, but lollipops. It’s super simple and utterly delicious. All you need is sugar and fruit.

  • 115g Sugar
  • 500g Raspberries
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Make a sugar syrup by boiling the sugar up with 115ml of water until the sugar is dissolved and then leave to cool. Pass the raspberries through a sieve to make a purée and to remove all the seeds. Add the sugar syrup and lemon juice to the purée and pour into lollipop moulds and pop into the freezer.

Raspberry lolly

We are almost though this slightly tedious Pick Your Own series! Vegetables soon. Fun, fun, fun…

*Next summer, when I probably end up doing the same jam making posts, I’ll quite possibly be making the same crappy joke. Apologies in advance.

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