Hi my Stampin’ Friends,
what an amazing summer we are all enjoying and with all the summer fruits coming into season now I had to make my homemade jam. I have already made strawberry and red gooseberry jams this month. I have a red gooseberry bush in my garden which fruits without fail each year and provides me with delicious juicy berries to make jam. It is such a doddle to make in the microwave, as I can make small amounts if that is all I want.
I love to give them as gifts to friends and family beautifully wrapped. So the Label Me Pretty Stamp Set with co-ordinating punch that I purchased a few weeks ago came in rather handy.
In the attached video I show you how I beautifully wrapped my gifts and left the recipe too. Its great that I can use whatever Stampin’ Up! colour ink I like to co-ordinate with my jams. I love a punch to quickly label up too! Even the Tranquil Tide ribbon co-ordinates with my labels.
What a professional finish I have now to gift my homemade preserves and cakes. Great idea for Craft Fayres and W.I. Events throughout the Year. Hope you like it too!
Thanks so much for watching and subscribing to my YouTube Channel, under Sandra Ronald.
Happy Crafting with LOVE from SANDRA xx
Independent Stampin’ Up Demonstrator
Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper cut at 10 1/2″ x 1 1/4″ for the Belly Band.
Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper cut at 2″ x 4″ for the outer label.
Easy Microwave Jam and Preserve Recipe
Cooking Utensils you will need before you start:
A 3 litre Pyrex (microwaveable) Bowl
Jam Funnel (makes it easy to pot up your jam)
Large Sieve (only necessary if you want to sieve out the pips)
Clean sterilised Jam Jars (any sizes of your choice). These can be sterilised by placing them in a dishwasher programme. Or you can place them in the oven with the lids off at 110 C for 30 – 40 minutes.
Maximum of 1 Kilogram or 2.2 lbs of Berry Fruits (they can be one type or mixed)
2 tablespoons of cold water (no need to add this if your fruits are from the freezer)
1 Kilogram or 2.2 lbs of JAM Sugar
(It is best to use Jam Sugar as this guarantees a Set, I use Tate and Lyle available in all the leading Supermarkets)
1. Place the Fruits in your 3 litre microwaveable Pyrex bowl and add two tablespoons of cold water and microwave on full power for 5 minutes to soften. If you are using frozen fruits from the freezer you will need to cook them for about 8 – 10 minutes to soften them). Using your oven gloves take the bowl out of the microwave and stir. At this stage you can sieve out the pips if you do not like them in your jam.
2. Add your sugar into the bowl with your fruits and stir very well. Place back in the microwave and microwave again on full power for 12 – 14 minutes. After this time, using your oven gloves, take the jam out of the microwave and test for a set.
3. To test for a set you place a teaspoon of mixture onto a cold plate and push gently with your little finger. Be careful, do not burn yourself. If the jam wrinkles and forms a slight skin your jam is set.
If you do not have a set then put the jam back in the microwave using your oven gloves and microwave for another four minutes.
4. Continue number 3 until you have a set. My jam usually sets after 12 minutes but all microwaves can be different in power. The power of my microwave is 800 so if your microwave is only 650 you may need to cook for a further 6 – 8 minutes.
5. Leave your jam to cool for a while. When it is cool enough place your jam funnel in the top of your jam pot and carefully ladle the jam until you have almost completely filled it.
6. Leave jars to get completely cold and place lids on tightly.
7. Just ENJOY your beautiful HOMEMADE Jam.