A Sunshine Summer at last at Tythebarn House B&B and our allotment raspberries are loving it. The picking season had only just swung in to action the day I picked these and I had no bag with me. Having watched Rick Stein’s India the evening before I took a tip from another land and tucked them inside a large cabbage leaf to carry home.
The great thing about this perfect jam fruit is it’s so easy, there’s no peeling or stalk removing once picked. Just a quick rinse, then on to the scales, layer up with the sugar and leave your glorious pink, pan full of goodness to itself for a few hours.
The Preserving Book by Lynda Brown is my bed time reading at this time of year and her Raspberry and Mint Conserve is a favourite. Her starting point for this recipe is 675 g raspberries to 500 g of granulated sugar. After steeping overnight add a handful of finely chopped fresh mint and juice of 1 lemon and turn in to a heavy based pan.
Raspberries are ‘medium’ in pectin, but did you know that adding lemon/lime juice to low pectin fruit helps the jam to set. Saying that – I always have a problem with getting strawberry jam to set even with lemon juice. Any tips out there?
Back to the recipe: Cook gently for 8-10 minutes, then increase the heat to a boil for a further 8 minutes or so until setting point is reached. A tip here is to remove the pan from the heat every time you test for a set as it can go over very quickly. Ladle in to warm sterilized jars and seal.
Labeling is something I need to improve on, but my excuse is it’s often eaten before I’ve had time to forgotten the ‘when and what’ of the latest jam making day. How does it disappear so quickly? There’s breakfast of course – spread on homemade sourdough toast. Then there’s the very best of welcomes with warm Stone Baked Scones,butter, Raspberry and Mint Conserve and freshly picked raspberries. Now that’s what I call a real treat for our guests at Tythebarn House B&B
A happy guest: “Utterly superb scone and jam”
Images: Copyright Vic & Diana Brown
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