Microwave jam – it sounds so easy, right?
I’ve seen recipes for this over the years and thought – must try that one day! No mucking around with the pot on the stove spitting jam blobs everywhere…
Has anyone else noticed the short life of strawberries after they come home from the shop? One day and they are getting squishy, two days they are getting mouldy!
My best jam this year was the “Rotten Fruit Jam” I made with the end of the stone-fruit last summer. I had plums and apricots going rotten. The fruit had been so delicious, I could not waste the good bits, so I cut off the rotten patches and jam’d the rest, adding a stick of cinnamon while they boiled. This jam was so good, the jars were emptied in no time.
So, on Saturday, when I had strawberries shrivelling like the Wicked Witch of the West, almost in front of my eyes, I thought – small batch – perfect for testing microwave jam!
I blended the good flesh of the strawbs, some grated lemon peel and a sprinkle of powdered cinnamon, with lemon juice and sugar, hastily googled a recipe and started microwaving
I am guessing if anyone has made microwave jam before, you will immediately spot my first mistake.
Rule # 1 for microwave jam: Do not overfill the jug – use a big wide-mouthed bowl.
Rule #2 : Do not simply set the microwave and get distracted – especially when you have not followed Rule #1, or…
So – I tipped as much as I could back into the jug and carried on.
Rule #3 (or possibly a prelude to Rule #1): Read the instructions all the way through.
I scanned the instructions, thought “I’ve got this – I can do this quickly before going out Sat night, right?”
No. It did not say “Microwave for 4 minutes” – only.
It said “Microwave for 4 minutes, – then for 15 minutes”.
And because my jug was too small, even with half the jug spilled and gone, I had to stand by and stop it from boiling over every 10 seconds at one stage! It would have been SO much easier on the stove.
By the time we had to run out of the house to a concert, the jam was still not exactly set.
So – today I made jam tarts (in the real oven) – and they were scrumptious!
Of course, there’s none left now!
My microwave jam days are over!
Sarah : )