Saturday, 16 August 2014

Gooseberry & Ginger Jam

Gooseberry ginger jam

I recently had the good fortune to receive a large bag of gooseberries from a friend, who has a productive bush but wasn't sure quite what to do with them. Obviously, I made jam, but I wanted to jazz it up a bit. After a little head-scratching, I decided that ginger would probably go pretty well with gooseberries. The end result is a very pretty jam, as the black gooseberry seeds are quite striking in the golden preserve.

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Gooseberry & Ginger Jam
Makes enough to fill 2 jars (450g/1lb size)

450g (1lb) gooseberries
½cup ginger root
120ml (½cup) water
450g (1lb) granulated sugar
  1. Sterilise your jam jars, and put a small plate in the freezer.
  2. Wash the gooseberries. Peel and finely chop the ginger.
  3. Put the gooseberries, ginger, and water into a heavy-bottomed pan, and bring to the boil over a medium heat.
  4. Simmer the fruit for 5 minutes, or until the fruit softens.
  5. Add the sugar, stirring gradually until all the grains have dissolved.
  6. Increase the heat and boil vigorously for about 20 minutes, or until a sugar thermometer consistently reads 104°C (220°F).
  7. To check whether the jam is setting, retrieve your plate from the freezer, and drop a little jam onto it. The cold of the plate should cause it to set quickly, so that if you push the edge of the drop with your finger, it will react like a jelly instead of a liquid. If not, continue to boil for a couple more minutes, then test again.
  8. Decant the jam into the jars, and top with a piece of greaseproof paper. Screw the lids onto the jars while the jam is still hot, to form an airtight seal.


Emma said...

Mmm, this sounds good. I love gooseberries and I love ginger so tho sounds like it ought to be a winner. Not going to have time this year, alas, but definitely bookmarking for next year.

Rachel said...

It's too late now, but if you have early gooseberries, elderflower goes nicely with them too...

christine said...

looks delicious:) x

Amanda - Cookie Named Desire said...

This looks so great! I have no access to gooseberries where I live, but I am determined to try and hunt some down. This flavor combination sounds delightful!

Lavende L. said...

Looks wonderful! I don't think I've ever seen a gooseberry...will now be doing some reading on how to grow them!

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