How To Make Carrot Jam

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Ingredients: Carrot Jam Recipe

Photo of Carrots2 lb / 1,000 grams of carrots
2 lb / 1,000 grams of white granulated sugar
34 fl oz / 1,000 ml of tap water
2 teaspoons of cinnamon powder (or cinnamon sticks to taste)
1 teaspoon of nutmeg powder (or freshly grated nutmeg)
2 lemons (unwaxed if possible)
1 orange

Method - What To Do

Since carrots have such an inherent natural sweetness and mild flavour, as well as being extremely easy to grow, cheap to buy and containing roughly 1% pectin, they really do lend themselves to jam making and end up tasting more of apricots than of actual carrots. This jam recipe can be further enhanced or tweaked by adding in some more spices, a few herb sprigs, a bay leaf or two, or possibly a handful of raisins, chopped peppers, flaked almonds or some chillies.

Wash, peel and grate all of the carrots. Place the grated carrots into a deep pan and combine with the sugar. Grate the zest from one lemon and one orange, and add this rind to the pan. Squeeze over the juice from the zested lemon and orange, and from the remaining lemon, and mix all of this together in the pan, along with the nutmeg and the cinnamon.

Pour on the litre of water and bring the carrot jam mixture to boiling point, stirring to make sure that all of the sugar has long dissolved by the time that it starts to boil. Allow the carrots to boil for five minutes, and then reduce to a strong simmer for a further 30 minutes, or until the jam appears to be ready to cool and set.

You can test to see if setting point has been found by dripping a small amount of the jam onto a chilled saucer from the fridge (or freezer). If your carrot mixture quickly starts to firm up as a syrup, becoming a jelly like substance with a skin that wrinkles when poked, you can be quietly confident that you are ready to place this jam into previously cleaned and sterilised jars, after first skimming off any froth or unsightly bubbles that have formed. If a skin clearly hasn't formed, then simmer some more and keep testing in this way until you feel it is ready to set well.

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