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Eve O'Connell3 years ago

Concoct your own sweet spread at home

Among many families, jam is a pantry staple. Sweet, delicious and made fresh, making your own jam can put you off the store-bought variety forever! Organic jams from the farmers market, although delicious, can cost a fair amount of money, so what better way to save some cash and increase the homeliness of your jam by making it yourself? We've done some research and found an incredible 3-fruit spread that is surprisingly easy to make at home. Read on to get an insight into the wonderful world of jam making!

3-fruit jam spread

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Ingredients

  • 1 grapefruit
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 lemon
  • 2.5L cold water
  • 2.5kg caster sugar

Method

  1. Cut ends off the grapefruit, oranges and lemon. Cut all fruit in half lengthways, and thinly slice crossways, reserving the seeds. Wrap all seeds in a muslin pouch and tie up with unwaxed kitchen string. Place all the fruit slices, muslin pouch and water in a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and leave in a cool place to infuse overnight.
  2. The next day, remove the muslin pouch from the bowl and transfer the fruit and water mixture to a large, heavy-based saucepan. Bring to the boil over medium-high heat. Boil the mixture, stirring occasionally, for approximately 45 minutes, or until the rind is tender.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 120 degrees Celcius. Place sugar in shallow ovenproof dish and put in oven. Leave in for approximately 10 to 15 minutes, stirring once, until the sugar is heated through.
  4. Reduce saucepan heat to medium-low. Add warm sugar to the pan and cook, stirring, for 10 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium-high and boil gently, stirring occasionally. Use a metal spoon to remove any debris that rise to the surface. Continue this routine for about 50 minutes or until mixture thickens to setting point.

To test if mixture is at setting point

Place a small plate in the freezer for 5 minutes to chill. Spoon some of the marmalade mixture onto the plate. Return plate to the freezer again for 2 minutes. When the marmalade has cooled, touch with your finger to check if the mixture is set and gel-like. If not, continue cooking, testing every 5 minutes.

Once it’s reached setting point

Remove marmalade from the heat and set aside for 5 minutes. Wash your preserving jars thoroughly in hot soapy water, rinse and set upside down on a dish rack. Stir marmalade to evenly distribute the fruits, ladle into the clean, dry jars and turn upside down for 2 minutes after sealing them. Turn upright and set aside until cooled, then label them and store in a cool, dark place.


Care for a scone with that jam? Drop by to your local Taree cafe for a bite!


Taree

Martine’s Riverview Wine Bar & Cafe

If you’re after a great atmosphere, superb drinks and delectable food choices, Martine’s Riverview Wine Bar and Cafe is the place to be! Whether you want to sample excellent wines and beers, or kick back and listen to some live acoustic music, this cafe provides all this and more, set among the beautiful scenery of the Manning River. With a qualified and hospitable team that has more than 60 years of combined industry experience, you’ll be in great hands when you dine here.
Where: 4 Pulteney St Taree NSW


Gloucester

Roadies Cafe

When your stomach is rumbling while you’re out and about, you can’t go past Roadies Cafe. Popular for their wood-fired pizzas, this cafe’s friendly team will have your hunger quelled in no time! Brimming with motorcycle-themed decor, this quaint cafe will cater to your every need. Whether you want a delicious Bellaroma coffee, or want to sample Roadies Cafe’s homemade jams and sauces, you’re definitely in for a treat. Come in for a bite today!
Where: 77 Church St Gloucester NSW


If you’re after a more savoury preserve, check out this article on pickling!

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