How To Make Jam
One can go for various types of homemade jam recipes. Starting from mangoes to raspberries to strawberry jam, there are plenty of flavors to experiment with. Not only this, but you can also try blending two or more types of fruits such as the ‘Kiwi Mango’ jam or the famous ‘Strawberry Rhubarb’ one. Thus, this is the time to explore the various recipes available and try preparing the most savoring ones with your own bread maker. The best part of all is that the procedure remains the same; all you need to do is to choose your preferred flavors.
Delicious Homemade Jams With a Bread Machine
For around 4 cups of freshly diced fruits and berries, you will need 2 cups of sugar along with 2 tablespoons of pectin. Check if the kneading paddle is properly attach to the bread maker pan, before you start the process.
Once you are ready with all your ingredients and a bread maker with the jam settings, the first thing to do is to add some sugar, followed by pectin, the fruits, along with few drops of lemon juice into the pan. It is important to remember this sequence, when it comes to jam making.
While pectin naturally occurs in various fruits like apples and other berries, when it is heated with sugar, a thick jelly like substance is formed, that acts as the base for your jam.
Bread Machine Jam Cycle
You must ensure that the lid is closed properly, before plugging in the device. After the cycle is completed, you need to keep the jam in that bread maker pan, until it cools down. Once it is ready, it can be transferred to other storage container using an appropriate spoon.
Jam Making Tips
Well, there are certain tips, which can help you in the jam making process. For instance, you must always go for ripe fruits. If the fruit is not completely ripened, it may even ruin the preparation. Also, it is important that you use diced or mashed fruits, instead of making purees. This will help to add those little clumps to the jam.
One thing to take note of is the jam you make in the bread machine will not have quite the same consistancy as stove top jam. The reason for this is that bread machine jam does not allow the jam to reduce in volume through evaporation resulting in jam that is a bit runny but still delicious. As well, the jam will aslo thicken as it cools in the refrigerator. Also as a safety precaution its best to let the jam cool a bit before removing the bread pan.
“By Allan Phinney”