Homemade Mixed Fruit Jam Recipe
Homemade is better any day doesn't matter what ever that may be and homemade jams too fits the bill, we can control sugar quantity, add our choice of fruits and most important we know it has been made in a hygiene environment, not to mention homemade jams taste more delicious than anything for the simple reason that it's fruit of our labour.
I started making jams couple of years back and that's thanks to blogging we intend to try new things. I have tried all those crazy combination, sugar replacement and what not but among all mix fruit jam is family favorite. But somehow whenever I make jam I never managed to take pictures, I always think I will do it tomorrow and we all know that tomorrow never comes thus none of my jam appeared in this blog. I was planing to make jam again for quite some time now but it was not happening until last week I pulled myself and decided complete the task.
I have used fruits available in my pantry you can use any fruit of your choice. Since I added more of black grapes color of jam is nice dark brown, if you like your jam to be in red/dark pink color then add more of strawberry and less of red grapes. Don't miss apple and a well ripen banana, while cooking the jam the banana fragrance was mind blowing and it also helps to add sweetness. Don't worry about the timing, just keep flame in slow and do your other things but remember to stir in intervals, don't keep forget about it totally :) Step-vise pictures are taken from my hand phone, that particular time I couldn't find camera memory card so clicked with hand phone, old habits hardly dies :) so ignore the picture quality, won't you?
Ingredients for Mixed Fruit JamApple - 1
Ripe Banana - 1
Orange - 1
Sugar Prune - 3
Seedless Black Grapes - 2 Cups
Sugar - 1 1/2 Cups Or More if needed
Lemon Juice - 1/2 tbsp or Citric Acid - 1/4 tsp
1. Peel, core and chop apple, plum, prune, orange and banana.
2. In a blender or mixer add all the fruits and blend until smooth. [I got 4 cups of puree]
3. Bring the fruit puree to a pan, add sugar, stir and cook in medium to bring it to a boil. Slow flame and simmer until it thickens stirring in regular intervals.
4. Once jam starts to thickens, add lemon juice/citric acid and mix well.
5. Cook until jam becomes thick it takes around one and half hour in slow flame, do stir in intervals.
~ My jam is little more on thick, firm side the way I like. You can stop cooking once desire consistency reached, just make sure to cook in slow flame and stir regularly.
Tips to Check if jam is ready ~
1. If you lift your spatula and pour jam, it should flow together and not in drops.
2. Pour few drops of jam in a plate, if it's spreads then it's not ready, if it's stays firm without moving then your jam is ready.
6. Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly and store in sterilize jar.
Isn't it looks gorgeous, nice and glossy?
~ You any use any fruit of your choice like pineapple, strawberry, all types of berries, papaya etc
~ Use strawberry more for the dark pink color jam.
~ Increase sugar quantity to suit your taste, for us this itself I find it sweet.