Saturday, 9 July 2016

gingery gooseberry jam


It's been lovely on the allotment this week; quiet, peaceful with just a gentle, cooling breeze.
And when I've nipped down in the early evening, I've been serenaded by a beautiful thrush high up in the branches of a bush, singing his heart out.

There have been more gooseberries to harvest -more of the green cooking variety and the first of the sweeter, red ones.

It's fast turning into gooseberry overload here! Do gooseberries freeze well?!


I know they make delicious jams and when I spotted a recipe in the latest edition of Waitrose Food magazine for gooseberry jam with ginger my mind was made up!
I'm a huge fan of ginger.
The recipe can be found here if you would like to try it too.



Gooseberries are a good fruit to turn into jam, as their high pectin level means that the jam will set easily.
The result was a lovely preserve full of gooseberry deliciousness and with just a hint of ginger.


The only disappointment was it didn't turn the beautiful pink colour I was expecting.
I'm not sure why, but hey-ho, it's yummy all the same.


Now, I just need a cup of tea and a fresh, buttered scone on which to dollop a big spoonful of jam.



annjenny x

10 comments:

  1. Sounds delicious, I have an abundance of gooseberries so will give it a go.

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    1. Do try it. It's just right for using surplus gooseberries x

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  2. Yes please to that jam. Sounds delicious!

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  3. I have frozen gooseberries successfully. Sometimes you just cannot deal with them all at once and freezing helps out. Mmmmmm jam looks good

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  4. I have frozen gooseberries successfully. Sometimes you just cannot deal with them all at once and freezing helps out. Mmmmmm jam looks good

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    1. Thank you. I think I will have to try freezing some.

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  5. I can't remember the last time I ate a gooseberry (used to eat them by the bagful when I was a little girl) and I've never tasted gooseberry jam. Yours looks so delish, I must say. Hope you got to top that scone!

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    1. I'm impressed that you used to eat them by the bagful. I find them quite sour, even, I have to admit, the sweeter red ones!

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  6. Gooseberry jam sounds divine, I've never tried it. And every time we've tried growing them we've failed. Either a distinct absence of fruit or a caterpillar infestation or something else equally frustrating.
    We can buy them locally, though. They make a great cake with crumble topping.

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    1. That's great that you can buy them.:)

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