It was time to clean out the freezer, it was getting beyond a joke, the drawers were difficult to open and I spotted some frozen green goo in the bottom of one of them, I thought my ice cream maker had burst and leaked but it hadn’t so I’m not sure quite what that was, but it’s gone now! As part of my ‘storecupboard empty’ campaign I had been trying to use up things in the freezer and not fill it full again until I had cleaned it out.
Down near the bottom of the freezer were several boxes of berries. Blackcurrants from the garden, blackberries from the hedgerow, a few redcurrants (that had been there for about three years!) and half a pack of cranberries from I bought and froze in December. I decided it was time to clear them out and make a mixed berry jam.
published in the Guardian Lifestyle, by Darina Allen which should
answer any questions you have. But really, it’s not that difficult, you
don’t need sugar thermometers or liquid pectin, my mother and
grandmother never used them. A cold saucer in the fridge, a teaspoonful
of jam, let it cool, then push with your finger and if there is a ‘skin’
then it is set, if not boil for another 5 minutes and try again.