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Friday, January 30, 2015

Mixed Fruit Jam (Homemade)

Jams are preserving fruits in the best way to spread on breads or rolls.My mom used to make jams and I hardly remember licking from store brought jam bottles.She used to make in large batches and the jam used to vary as per season.Seasonal fruits that go cheap in market used to end up in jams and I think that way she was managing economics well.I even remember the tomato jam made from the fresh organic tomatoes that she had grown in the backyard.We loved it a lot with breads and chapathis.All foods that shes used to make were filled with her love and care and so do I think about all moms in the world.Anyways,not making the post very emotional and let's get back to some stirring and scooping the jam on breads.Mixed fruit jams can be made with any available fruits in market but make sure that you use a good contrast of colored fruits so that you get a good natural color like store brought.Second point to remember is to use a balance of fruits like sweet and tangy flavors.The best part of jam making after all the strenuous stirring is that you are getting the natural fruit flavors unlike store brought.What's next?? Go ahead and pin it down !!

mixed fruits 7 cups chopped(apple 1,banana 1,red grapes 1 cup,plum 2,kiwi 2)
sugar 4 cups
citric acid 1/2 tsp or lemon juice 2tbsp(1/4 cup) 

  • Wash all the fruits,peel and chop it very small (I got a total of 7 cups chopped).Mix  the sugar and keep aside for 15-20 minutes.

  • Add this to the cooker and cook for 3-4 whistles.(Don't add any water as the fruits releases water)
  • Once pressure is released,transfer the contents to a non stick pan and keep stirring with a wooden spatula for nearly 30 -35 minutes or till the sauces thicken.

  • Add the citric acid or  lemon juice when you can draw lines using your spatula in the jam (you can separate the jam contents and can see the bottom of the pan and it doesn't come together very soon).Mix well and turn off heat.Remove from pan or move away from residual heat immediately else it may further thicken the jam as it cools.OR Check the desired consistency by pouring it in a plate.Tilt the plate at an angle of 45 degrees,the jam shouldn't flow down.Then its ready.
  • Cool completely and store in moisture free,air tight containers. 

* Ideally jam recipes require equal amount of sugar to equal amount of fruits.And so,I should be using 7 cups of sugar but here I used only 4cups as the sugar in fruits was good enough and I didn't wish to overload sugar like store brought jams.
* Though the cooked fruits gets mashed up as we keep cooking to reduce the sauce and thickening,but if you feel the fruits may not get well incorporated,then blend the cooked contents in a blender.Then pour the contents back to the pan and reduce.Either way works good but I prefer the way mentioned in the recipe.
* Use clean dry bottles(preferably) to store jams so that it doesn't react and doesn't gets fungus soon
* Always use clean dry spoons or knives to take out jam
* I have used citric acid but you can always use lemon juice too.

For all recipes of jams & preserves,click here.


Veena Theagarajan said... Best Blogger Tips

looks so yum! homemade with no preservatives.. good for health too

Sangeetha Nambi said... Best Blogger Tips


Babitha costa said... Best Blogger Tips

Homemade are always best dear

remya sean said... Best Blogger Tips

wow super bookmarking :) will try and let u know

Kalpana Sareesh said... Best Blogger Tips

i can imagine the flavors.. yummy jam

Full Scoops said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks very delicious! Love mixed fruit jam!

Amrita Roy said... Best Blogger Tips

homemade goodies are always best than store bought...yummy

VidyaLakshmi Chandrahas said... Best Blogger Tips

Tempting jam, looks delicious. Nice clicks too.

Marisa G said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm very fond of preparing jams and marmalades at home. You've used lots of fruits and less amount of sugar. Perfect and delicious.

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanx Remya .. Do try n let me know :)

Delectable Flavours said... Best Blogger Tips

You have explained so beautifully...truly delicious and healthy jam!

Jasna Varcakovic said... Best Blogger Tips

Full of vitamins...home made is best!

Suja Manoj said... Best Blogger Tips

Adipoli, home made is the best,looks perfect

Remya Elizabeth Anish said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful clicks and yummy jam with the deliciousness and Vitamins of many fruits.... :)

Sona S said... Best Blogger Tips

Homemade jams are so much healthier than store brought ones. I liked the combo of fruits yiu have used. Yummy jam.

Linsy Patel said... Best Blogger Tips

wow, looks so good, perfect for a personal gift.

Swathi Iyer said... Best Blogger Tips

Homemade jam are perfect julie.

Meena Kumar said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh mixed fruit jam love it Julie and u have made it sooo well.

Treat and Trick said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfect combo looks super yummy!

Rafeeda AR said... Best Blogger Tips

Home made is the best! Haven't made jam for quite some time... this looks so tempting...

Recipe world said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy yummy Jam..and lovely recipe!

padma veeranki said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely clicks and nothing can beat homemade stuff...This jam looks delicious:)

remya sean said... Best Blogger Tips

Please link your recipes to my event

Reshmi Thomas said... Best Blogger Tips

made it... nice recipe .. :)

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Sure dear :)

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanx Reshmi...that was quick, happy that it came out good 😊

beena stephen said... Best Blogger Tips

Super tempting jam. Will try

Happys Cook said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow yummy fingerlicking Jam... yet to try it... Homemade are always delectable...