In an effort to branch out my cooking, and into the blog world, I have joined up to a monthly cooking club! Lucent Imagery organises a challenge for each month for the bloggers to take part in – they have already had a few months of challenges, but this month was the first one I partook in (and I was very excited to be involved!)
The challenge was: Make jam.
Seems simple enough? I had made jam before, back in the day of my high school home economics class, so I didn’t remember the details of the process – luckily the internet quickly solved that. As a lot of your typical jam fruit isn’t in season in Melbourne I went with a simple Strawberry Jam recipe I had found from foodgawker. Strawberries aren’t in season in Victoria, but with the Queensland season well under way they were the most cost-effective fruit at the markets (well the most cost-effective fruit that you can jam). I didn’t have many of the proper canning equipment that many recipes required, but I managed to repurpose some pieces to do the job well enough.
Loaded up on strawberries I began the process – the recipe was easy enough to follow, just a bit time-consuming to get the jam down to the right consistency. It would have been easier if I had more than one large saucepan, so I could have the jam going as well as the sterilising the jars at the same time, instead I had to do the jars one by one in a smaller pan, which did make the process slightly longer. In the end though it all worked out – and I ended up with three jars of Strawberry Jam! I passed one onto my sister, and probably need to give another away to a friend as I just don’t think I will get through the Jam that quickly (especially going gluten-free which means no toast!).
All in all the process was a lot less work than I imagined – which always reminds me that I need to make more things from scratch! If you’d like to see how the other participants in the challenge went you can view them here:
Head over to see how their jamin’ went!