This month’s focus of Tigress’ Can Jam which was announced by Joel and Dana of Well Preserved is berries. I was confused first because they wrote everything that ended in “berries” would qualify (like, strawberries, gooseberries, blueberries) – and there are quite a few more berries, that don’t end in “berries” but ARE berries (like redcurrants, black currants, sea buckthorn). But they clarified it and said ALL botanical berries would be fine.
Rhubarb, Blueberry + Lime Jam
My first attempt was a rhubarb, blueberry + lime jam. This is another one of our fellow can jammer Gloria’s recipes of “The Laundry”. I cut down the sugar by half and added 1 teaspoon of locust bean gum so the jam would set, but other than that used the proportions she tweeted to me, which are:
- 325 g (11,5 oz) rhubarb
- 225 g (8 oz) blueberries (I used blueberries I had canned last summer)
- 1 lime (zest + juice)
- 385 g (13,5 oz) sugar
This jam has a very interesting flavor, even though I found the rhubarb too dominant. I would add more blueberries next time.
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
My second attempt was a very classic strawberry rhubarb jam:
- 2 lb strawberries
- 1 lb rhubarb
- 26 oz sugar
Of course, you can’t go wrong with this combination, no? So, this was absolutely delicious!
I have very lovely sea-buckthorn shrubs in my backyard. It is also referred to as sandthorn (which would be the literal translation of the German name “Sanddorn”) or as seaberry. The female plant produces awesome orange berries which have an extremely high vitamin C content. They are very sour, though, and can’t be eaten raw. Anyway, I had lots and lots of these berries last fall and made like 50 jars of jam. When I ran out of jars I used the remaining berries to make sandthorn juice to be used later for making jam again. So, this is exactly what I did. I got some sandthorn juice from last fall from the garage (where I store all my jams and other canned goods), diluted it with some water, added quite a bit of sugar and 1 teaspoon of locust bean gum:
- 1 pint sea-buckthorn juice
- 1/2 pint water
- 1 lb sugar
- 1 tsp locust bean gum
This jam is incredible!!!!! If you get your hands on some sea-buckthorn you really should try it. Of all the jams I’ve made so far in my life this is by far my most favorite one! YUM!