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Jams and Preserves, Recipes / 09.09.2021

Whenever I'm faced with a large quantity of ripe fruit that I can't get through quickly enough, I usually choose to A) freeze it or B) make a jam or curd. Since fruits generally contain a lot of water, their texture will change on freezing and defrosting. This is because the water inside the fruit cells expands on freezing, and the ice crystals rupture the cell walls. Once defrosted, the fruit will inevitably be soft and soggy. This is not an issue if you're planning on using the thawed fruit for smoothies, juices or sauces but if you're planning on...

Edible Gifts, Jams and Preserves, Recipes / 16.08.2017

If you love lemon curd, you are in for a treat! This fruity clementine curd has all the sharpness and tang of a lemon curd, but with the extra juicy flavour of a clementine.  (In case you're wondering, a clementine is a cross between a naartjie/tangerine and an orange). Just like lemon curd, clementine curd has a host of delicious uses. Although it seems rather liquid when you fill your jars, it sets into a thick, almost custard-like texture - ideal for spreading onto scones or pancakes. Warm the clemetine curd slightly to use it as a sauce or drizzle in...

Edible Gifts, Jams and Preserves, Recipes / 08.08.2017

Raspberries are one of my favourite fruits. The luminous pink colour and tart flavour work so well in many desserts. Jam is a wonderful way to concentrate that juicy raspberry flavour so you can enjoy it anytime. My ultimate is spreading it onto a warm and crispy buttered croissant. Compared to a jelly, which is a transparent gel made of fruit juice and sugar, jam generally has chunks of fruit and is more spreadable. To classify as a jam, the finished product must contain 60% sugar. Yes, it's a lot! The sugar doesn't only sweeten the jam though, it also assists...

Edible Gifts, Jams and Preserves, Recipes / 29.03.2016

Liquid Sunshine. In a jar. Just looking at it will make you think of daffodils and buttercups. Or minions. Happy things in any case! Lemon curd is a sweet and tangy lemon conserve. The texture is somewhere between a custard and a jam. Used warm it has a pouring consistency like a sauce, but once cooled it is smooth and spreadable. My search for a lemon curd recipe began after I used a jar of the shop-bought stuff in a recipe and was left very disappointed. It tastes so artificial in comparison to the home-made version! Lemon Curd is a must-have in any fridge, as it's so...