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Questions tagged [jam]

Questions about the preparation or use of jam, fruit preserve made from fruit and sugar with the possible addition of pectin. Clear jam (without the bits) is also called jelly.

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What is the minimum amount of sugar needed for getting the desired texture in this banana marmalade?

I've been trying to make banana marmalade(1) with the least amount of sugar possible. I've tried the following basic recipe - with variations in the amount of sugar, I've tried the following three ...
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Seedless blueberry jam - consistency

I was trying to customise blueberry jam for a friend who did not like the jam with the entire fruit in it. So I had to filter out the seeds and skin. But the consistency is always a bit runny. I use ...
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Guidance about using pith in marmalade

I've been looking at recipes for orange marmalade and some say "don't use the pith because it's too bitter" but the photos often show the peel and pith (the part just under the peel) in the final ...
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How does marinating with sugar improve cherry tomatoes jam?

I am trying to make a cherry tomatoes jam. All recipes ask to let the tomatoes marinate with sugar for a night, and I can't decide if it's just tradition or if it may have an actual positive ...
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Raspberry jam consistency

I tried making raspberry jam and packed it in jars, hot and canned. when I opened it for use, the top layer has a good jam-like consistency and texture but when further layers are scooped out they ...
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How to fix a bitter jam? (Or use it?)

I had the ill thought of adding raw lemon to my apples jam (half for ~2.5lt, in other words half for blender load), it tastes inhumanly bitter. Apart from the level of acidity which can be fixed with ...
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Home made jam consistency and taste

Am very new to cooking and baking. Trying on homemade organic ones.. everytime I make jams, the taste differs in spite of using the same ingredients.. when I ask around everyone says that's what makes ...
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Is it possible to use jam instead of sugar to make a dough?

I followed this recipe to make a dough for cookies to dip in milk: 300g flour 1 egg 70g sugar 60g milk 50g butter 10g yeast However I replaced sugar with jam (~100g) and butter with yogurt (~200g). ...
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How to prevent home-made apricot marmalade from going mouldy

I made a decent amount of apricot marmalade about a month or so ago and canned them in a clean and new containers and the lids appeared to be air-tight. A few days ago I opened one: I did a Google ...
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lids popped loudly second day

I pushed the dimple down after taking jars out of water bath. Some popped after that and the second day I heard many very loud pops. Are they sealed and is the jam safe?
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Durian Jam (Pectin ratio)

My friend and I have a tradition of giving each other unspeakably horrible presents on each other's half birthday. I want him to be able to enjoy the delicious taste - and smell - of durian all year ...
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Pectin vs Agar Agar vs Gelatin for Pate de Fruits

I was reading up on the difference between Pectin, Agar Agar and Gelatin. From what I read for use in cooking as thickening or gellatinizing agents there isn't any real or significant difference. So ...
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How do bakeries get smooth jam to top their cheesecakes with?

Every brand of jam or preserves I’ve bought has a coagulated consistency. While it’s shiny, the surface isn’t smooth when either spread or spooned or piped. Every cheesecake I’ve purchased from a ...
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Are there advantages to an unlined copper jam pan?

What are the advantages (if any) for unlined copper jam pans? Apologies for this long question, but I've spent a lot of time searching for an answer to this and so far have not found any satisfactory ...
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Do I need to add pectin to make jam?

I'm making a variety of jams. And I've never made jams before. I found some really fun flavours online, such as blueberry-lavender, spiced-fall-fruit, tomato-rosemary, and pear-vanilla. Some of the ...
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Can jams and compotes be frozen?

Suppose that my jams and compotes are in an uninsulated, coldplace, i.e. -20°C in the winter. Is it possible that they will be frozen, and the glass breaks, or not?
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Jars didn't seal

I made a ton of jams and jellies about six weeks ago to sell at an upcoming open house. Normally I am very diligent in ensuring they have sealed within 24 hours of processing before I put them away. ...
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Composition/safety of cherry pits

I'd like to prepare cherry preserves (/marmalade), but I'd like to save on the time it takes to remove the pits. I'm considering cooking them whole, with gentle mashing, then removing the pits once at ...
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Jam and Marmalade setting

I recently made a batch of marmalade and Ginger Marmalade and although I used the same recipe as I have before, this batch did not set very well at all. I didn't use any extra setting agent. My ...
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“Akiko's special jam”—or, making a bright yellow preserve [closed]

Note to future readers: this question was rightly closed as off-topic (too open-ended), but based on the advice below I ended up making a version of this grapefruit marmalade with cardamom, turmeric ...
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How could I use liquid flavorings to make a version of a jelly-topped cookie?

I recently tried to make jelly-topped cookies (specific recipe was from home, but here's an example recipe) using an assortment of flavors, including maple syrup, homemade sumac syrup, homemade ...
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Bananas - too many - so how can I preserve them?

It must be banana season as the supermarkets are full of them at silly prices. I am beginning to think that I have come across and tried every banana recipe known to mankind. Is there a method of ...
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How to make home made jam retain the fruity taste?

Today I made a pulp of 2 strawberries, half apple, 4 orange pieces, and 1 teaspoon jaggery. The pulp was tasting fruity. To make jam I put the pulp in a frying pan and cooked on low fire for some ...
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Can I add more pectin at the end of the marmalade cooking process?

We've had a few attempts at making orange marmalade using Seville oranges that are in season right now. The problem we've had is in reaching the setting stage. We've boiled up the marmalade up to ...
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Goal of macerating fruit for marmalade

I have a recipe for kumquat marmalade, it calls for 2 parts fruits, 1 part sugar and 1 part water. Before boiling the liquid it states that one should macerate the fruit in de sugar water first. How ...
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Can I make jam out of bottled plums?

I have 4 large jars of plums (Santa Rosa), which I bottled. The instructions said sugar would not be needed, however, they are so sour they are awful!!! What can I do with them rather than throw them ...
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Are the citrus seeds necessary when making marmalade?

Are the seeds necessary when making marmalade to extract pectin? If so, should the seeds be whole or ground up? Is the best way to keep them separate with a cheesecloth bag? This recipe is with ...
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What are berry grains?

For several years, I ordered items from Finland. Typically, things not common or not found in the US. To my dismay, the place I ordered from went out of business. I found another Finnish website that ...
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How can I keep greengage jam green rather than orangey brown?

How Cani keep greengage jam green rather than orangey brown?
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Fruit color change

Just recently I have made 6 batches of Mango Jam. All turned very dark brown while cooking and are almost black when jarred but they taste great. What is the reason for the color change?
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Can I pasteurize milk in a jam jar?

The InstantPot manual says that I can use a bottle or container to make yogurt. It says to first pasteurize the milk (using the steam function to heat it to at least 180F/83C) then cool to 115F/46C ...
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Can jam be made from frozen berries?

During summer months, I love buying fresh raspberries and blueberries. I often don't manage to work through the whole punnet, so I freeze the last few berries before they go off. Now the berries have ...
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why (Calif.) apricot & peach jam will not set?

For years, both my mother's and my own apricot and peach jams would never set up. The pectin package warned us that it might take up to 2 weeks to set (WHY??), and we always waited and checked, but it ...
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Can Jam be reheated?

I just got a bottle of strawberry jam. I am trying to make puff pastry filled with Jam and cream cheese inside it. I have never done this before. It is just an Idea in my mind so far. I need advice ...
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using potato starch to thicken jam

So here is my plan. Instead of buying sugar free artificially sweetened jam or reduced sugar jelly made with extra water and thickeners, I want to take really good full-of-fruit preserves, heat it up ...
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Prevent syneresis effect in agar-agar fruit jam

I'm trying to make strawberry jam with agar-agar as replacement of pectin, where for it I'm using 0,4% of agar (of final product). I have read in many places that by replacing 0.1-0.2% of agar with ...
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Why add sugar at the end when making strawberry preserve?

What happens when sugar is added to cooked fruit near the end of cooking process? Why sugar is added to cooked fruit near the end of the cooking process?
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Pectin granules in jam

When I make small batches, 1-2 half pints at a time, they turn out perfect with great set and texture. However when I make regular batches of 8 half pints, they have bad set and contain gritty ...
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Jellies and jams: what is most important to preserve the food?

I've seen many jelly and jam recipes. Some with and without gelatin, generally all with sugar and in varying amounts. However, I am wondering what is most important for the preserving the food. I ...
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Boneless Frozen Lamb Roast [closed]

I was wondering if anybody has ever done a Boneless Lamb Roast in a slow-cooker and what the results were ,Thank you,Larry
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Improve color of banana jam?

One of my favorite uses for overripe bananas is to make a simple jam from them. I combine the bananas with a bit of water in a large pot, adding a splash of molasses, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. ...
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Why boil and cool jam before using it in a cake?

When putting marzipan on a fruit cake recipes sometimes state that we should first boil and cool the apricot jam used to coat the cake and make the marzipan stick. I have now found the same advice for ...
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Can frozen peaches be made into jam or other things?

I have over ripe peaches. I have scaled them and pitted them and they are in lemon water. Can I freeze them to make jam later? Can I put them in the refrigerator to make jam later?
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Can I still save my solid block of jam?

So this morning I made some blackberry jam (just blackberries, lemon juice and sugar). But apparently I overcooked it, because after dropping it in the pot and sealing it, it cooled off and now it's ...
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What to do with over cooked quince jam

I ended up overcooking my quince jam. It is really overcooked. It's not burned or anything but the quince pieces have harden up due to loss of water. Can I use it for something else? I don't wanna ...
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Inversion Canning

I tried canning spiced peach jam last night with a friend, and the recipe she found called for the inversion canning method to seal the jars. I should have researched on this last night, before we ...
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How do I prevent jams from turning brown?

I have been a jam maker for years. We live in an area of fresh fruit so it's always naturally sweet. I decrease the sugar in each recipe by at least 1 cup and I always add fresh lemon juice. My ...
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Is it possible to make a jam-setting gelling agent at home?

Many jam and marmalade recipes call for a gelling agent in order to solidify the fruit-sugar mixture. While some fruits (like apples) may contain enough of a gelling agent (pectin) to solidify ...
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Best way to remove seeds when making jam and still have it called jam

When making jams and/or preserves using berries, sometimes you want the jam to be seedless (especially when using raspberries or blackberries). I know often times people use a food mill or strain the ...
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Jam “separates” in processing

I've been making jams and jellies for a while now. While I don't have this problem as much with marmalade, for some reason my jam usually separates when being jarred and canned. By separate, I mean ...