Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pineapple jam


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I love homemade jam be it pineapple, banana, apple or any fruit. I had made this pineapple jam long time back, but it still looks fresh and yummy even now. Making jam at home without the preservatives or colour is a real treat for kids. If the jam is stored in an airtight container in fridge it will keep up to a year. I add a little bit of it while making cakes to get the flavor or top it up on tarts etc etc. I have not added any sort of preservative or colour to this jam, but I kept it in the fridge. It is easy to make if you have a juicer at home. Just deskin the pineapple and cut into stripes and put into juicer. Mix the juice with sugar and keep on fire till it reaches jam consistency then add 4 to 5 crushed cloves and homemade jam is ready.

Ingredients:

Pineapples: 2 medium 
Sugar: 2 cups (you can increase or decrease it according to the sweetness of the pineapple).
Cloves: 4 to 5.
Lime juice: 1 to 2 tbsp.

Method:

Put the deskinned pineapple in the juicer and take the juice. In a heavy bottomed pan pour the juice and mix it with the sugar and keep on fire stirring occasionally. When it boils put the fire on low and stir occasionally till it comes to jam consistency. Add lime juice and crushed cloves and switch off fire and leave it to cool. Store in air tight containers in the fridge.

Tip: If you don’t have juicer. Cut the pineapple into cubes and put it into a mixer grinder and grind it nicely. Strain it in a sieve and take the juice.

Jam consistency: Put a tsp of jam into a saucer and let it cool and see if it is too thin or thick or use a candy thermometer to check the temperature has reached 220 degrees F.
Always remember that it thickens when it  isthoroughly cooled.



11 comments:

  1. Yummy and nice with bread.
    Althought I mostly use it for my tarts, sometimes I do eat it with bread too.

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  2. Is it ok if i boil the cut pineapple (in tiny cubes) in water and then add the sugar? I love to bite into pieces of the fruit in my jams...it works for strawberry jams so I am supposing it will with the pineapple as well?

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    1. I have not tried it that way, but then you could give it a try :)

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  3. Hi Nisa,
    Really compliment you for having such a nice and informative blog.
    I too share your views, it is best to have jams etc made at home. As a child, when I knew no cooking, I would make apple jam after returning from school - just for fun, while everyone else at home were taking afternoon nap. While I had no guidance, and I really wonder how I managed to make so many different goodies. Though after growing up, I hardly find any time to do all this indulgence - I would call it.
    Now that I have taken a sebaticle from my job, due family reasons and also to make things cost effective, I would like to re-start making jams and fruit preserves at home.
    I wish you could guide me a bit on this.

    thanks

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  4. can this be made with just pineapple pieces chunks without taking out the juice. Like making a pineapple puree -
    May, jam would have some pieces of pineapple.
    I do not like to use mixers It is too cumbersome.
    Can pineapple be frozen like mango puree .

    Thanks.

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    1. Yes, it can be frozen like mango puree. If you use pineapple puree to make jam without straining the fibre might stand out and it may not be that glossy.....if you do mind that...you can try your way ...hope this helps.

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  5. also, tell me about banana jam.
    do apple and banana go together in jam.

    thanks

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    1. I have not tried them both together, but has made them individually!!

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  6. Can we follow the very same recipe for strawberry jam? Thanks in advance

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