Jams and preserves

“Pucker Up” and “Sweet Lips” strawberry jam duo

I love strawberry jam! It is forever a symbol of a happy childhood and an adolescence spent in rural Poland. When I was a little girl in Poland… I had a pony! … just kidding. What I wanted to say is that when I was growing up, the only jam we had was home-made. There were just no other options (communism et al.).

We went strawberry picking at Brantwood Farms and after 45 minutes I had enough fruit for 2 batches of strawberry jam! Sure, it took me 2 full days of work but the results are fantastic: two strikingly different and equally delicious strawberry jams: classic strawberry and strawberry rhubarb. Both of these jam were made using only the necessary ingredients fruit, sugar, acid (fresh lemon juice), and a jelling agents (fresh apples). If you’d like to learn how to make jam at home using only 4 ingredients, check out this post.

Pucker Up

This is a tart jam! You are highly unlikely to find something like this in a store. I love this jam because I can eat it guilt-free with a spoon for desert.

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It is light in colour thanks to the acidic rhubarb. The consistency is quite smooth, thinner than Sweet Lips and there are no fruit chunks. The jam spreads very easily.

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This jam is a fantastic supportive actor for cakes. I will definitely be using it as a thin zesty film in between cake layers to bring out main flavours.

Sweet Lips

This is a classic strawberry jam. The highlights include: all strawberry fruit, low sugar content and no pectin added.

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Sweet Lips on home made sour dough.

The jam is very thick, dark in colour with caramel taste and a slightly smokey flavour. Just perfect for toast, bagel or added to plain yogurt. It will feature in my cookies, such as butter cookies or thumbprint cookies.

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