How To Make Gooseberry and Raspberry Jam

Homemade Jam Recipes

Ingredients: Gooseberry and Raspberry Jam Recipe

Photo of Gooseberry3 lb / 1,300 grams of gooseberries (slightly underripe)
3 lb / 1,300 grams of raspberries
6 lb / 2,700 grams of white granulated sugar (do not use caster sugar if at all possible)
16 fl oz / 475 ml of tap water

Method - What To Do

Wash the gooseberries before trimming them (topping and tailing). Place the trimmed gooseberries into a saucepan and pour on the water. Simmer this fruit for around 15 minutes, to thoroughly soften the gooseberries. After this time, give them a light mash to break them up.

Photo of RaspberryAdd the raspberries into the simmering mixture and allow them to cook away for five minutes. Briefly remove the pan from the cooker and stir in the sugar. Combine this thoroughly, mixing until you can see the sugar crystals no more, meaning that they are fully dissolved. At this stage, place the pan back onto the cooker and increase the heat a little, to gain a strong boil.

Leave to boil for 15 minutes or so, stirring only enough to stop the jam mixture catching. After this time is up, begin testing your jam for jelling. This is best done by first taking the pan off the heat again, before dripping a little of the mixture onto a plate that is cold after being previously stood in a fridge or freezer. Leave the jam for a minute and if it feels like it is becoming a jelly when you run your finger through its centre, rippling due to the formation of a thin skin, you will know that it is likely to set well. If you have not yet achieved your setting point, simmer for a little longer and re-test in this way some more.

When you know that your gooseberry and raspberry jam is ready to set in its jars, cool the mixture down for a few minutes and skim off any froth. If this scum is persistent and hard to completely eliminate, stir in a small chunk of butter, which will make it quickly disappear. Finally, ladle your warm jam into hot, sterile jam jars, covering with wax discs and topping with a tightly screwed-on lid. These measures will help to keep contamination at bay and reduce the possibility of mould forming a few months down the line.

Gooseberry and Raspberry Jam Recipe - More Jam Recipes.