Yesterday I decided to try my hand at making a small amount of jam in the crock pot. It came out kind of loose-set (thick but not syrup-y). Still better than shop-bought jam and the ingredients all together cost less than €1.50! That made two jars and a bit.
I put in
- a punnet of strawberries
- a stick of rhubarb
- a grated apple (for the natural pectin – could probably put in two apples for a firmer set)
- a cup and a half of regular white sugar
- a tiny sprinkle of cinnamon
And let it cook on high in the slow cooker for about 4 hours or so. After the four hours, I smashed up the fruit a little more evenly and poured it into the hot clean jars. I had some on bread this morning for breakfast with a cup of tea and it tasted very good.
Still the best strawberry jam I ever tasted was given to me as a present from a friend of mine called Sarah. She cooks hers in some Prosecco (sparkling white wine). If you have any of that going spare, I would strongly suggest throwing it in! Do you make strawberry jam? Do you have some special ingredient you like to throw in there? Or do you prefer to keep it simple?