14 January 2010

Great Time To Start Making Jams

We don't seem to have much time on our hands these days but when we do we like to indulge in our hobby of jam, preserve and spread making. It is such a great way to capture and preserve a flavour and really the only limit to what you can jar is your imagination.
We make product for retail, but often produce conserves if we see some appropriate fruit at the market. At least twice a week we get to one of our local markets early to see what is available, this morning we managed to pick up some beautiful, plump Tasmanian cherries which we are going to preserve in an acidulated vanilla syrup.
If you are living in the Southern Hemisphere as we are, now really is the time to start looking for fruits, flavours and aromas to bottle or jar for the coming Autumn months. We saw some  excellent quality Victorian strawberries this morning which were very inexpensive and would be ideal to jam or puree (and frozen) for when these fruits are unavailable.
Just follow a few basic sterilisation rules and these will all be perfect for consumption for a long time, long enough even to give as Christmas presents which is exactly what we did this year. If you are interested in preserving then there are a number of great books on the subject which will help you with sterilisation and some of the trickier details such as ph levels of fruits, brix and instruments you may need to invest in. We would love to know of your successes so please let us know how you get on.

Check out wikipedia's explanation of Brix http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brix


lostpastremembered said...

Thanks for the note, gents. I always thought of brix with grapes for wine harvest and never about using it with jams and jellies. That could explain why the basil jelly was basil sauce one year!

Burch & Purchese said...

Yeah, maybe! It's a really useful measurement and easy to understand. The trick is to get your chocolate spread to 'spread' easily out of the fridge. For this we cook to around 64% Brix.


lostpastremembered said...

I have a present for you on my blog, come visit!

Burch & Purchese said...

thanks sooooo much for that!