Homemade mixed berry jam

image-15.jpegGrowing up I was not a huge fan of jam. My mother used to layer it thick and the clumps of fruit in the jam went down hard. Even when I eat peanut butter and jam sandwiches the jam is a thin thin layer.

That is until I discovered that making homemade jam is so fun and so easy and if you have a candy thermometer it makes life even more easy.

I saw this thermometer being used in The Great British bake off and I just had to get my hands on one and I did. I bought one from Yuppie chef seeing at my home town has yet to discover such a thermometer or maybe they have and I am just not looking in the right place??? You never know.


500g x assorted berries, I used a combination of strawberries and raspberries.

375ml x castor sugar.

25ml x lemon juice.


In a large pot, bring the berries to a boil.

Using a potatoe masher, mash the berries until a smooth pulp.

Add the sugar and lemon juice, stirring well.


Allow to boil up to the jam mark on the thermometer, if you do not have a thermometer allow to boil till it isn’t runny. The boiling stage takes roughly 20 – 30 minutes on a medium to high heat.

Remove from the stove and allow to cool before pouring into sterile glass containers.

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