Monday, May 19, 2008

Grape Jam

I just can't believe I made jam. JAM, people! Quite a regular little cook, huh?! I have to say that this blogging thing has made me all confident and happy! I still can't believe I made Jam! Okay, I'll stop being modest.


The thing is, it was so so easy - I never did realize how easy it was, until I saw other people making it all over the blogosphere. And I figured if I can make complicated rasams and sambars, which require grinding, measuring and tasting, this jam thing should be a piece of cake... um, ok, jelly doughnut!


Grape Jam
1.5 cups Green Grapes, washed thoroughly
1 cup Sugar (It was very very sweet - next time I'm going to use only 3/4 cup. I think a 2:1 fruit to sugar ratio is a good guide)
Juice of one large lemon
1/4 cup water

Sterilize the jam jar and let it dry completely.


Heat a large saucepan and add the grapes and some water (I don't think its a done thing to add water - most people seem to just let the juices ooze from the fruit but I wanted to get things cooking).


Crush them as they cook. Add the sugar and continue crushing. Add the lemon juice (I needed the acid to preserve the jam and also didn't have any pectin, but the juice did the trick).


Let it cook down - this will take about a half hour. To test whether the jam is done, put a tiny spoonful onto a cold plate. Let it cool, tilt the plate, if the jam stays in place, it's done. If the jam is still too watery, continue cooking and testing every 5 minutes. Pour the jam into the jar and let it cool off before you refrigerate. That's it, folks. All done.






This is my second entry for Pixie and Rosie's Putting Up event, which is totally the force behind me making JAM! :)



And this is part of the Recipe Marathon Day 3. Other participants in the marathon:
Siri made a lovely looking Middle Eastern appetizer
Srivalli made my all-time favorite Moor Milagai
Ranji made my favorite kind of muffins - blueberry!
Raaga made a jackfruit curry which I've now got to try out on my husband
Lakshmi made Onion Kulchas
DK's Spicy Rotis look absolutely fabulous and
Swati made stuffed capsicum
Divya's Muffins made with sour cream look delicious enough to eat off the screen!

21 comments:

Raaga said...

I don't believe this either... you are just too much!! Wow... send some over? Or pack some for when I visit.

Siri said...

Wow, thats cool Arundhati..U made JAM!!.. and it looks yumm..ok, now that u posted continuously for past three days.. do u wanna join our Recipe Marathon.. where u have to post till 31st March. If interested, do let me know.. Its just a thought which came thru Srivalli and me..:D

Hugs,
Siri

Ranjani said...

jam from scratch! WOW that's quite a feat:) Looking good..!

Rachel said...

Gosh you are on a blogging spree..good on you..I'm awaiting the muffins

Arundathi said...

@ Raaga - Yes I am - isnt it amazing?! Lol! Are you in Chennai yet??

@ Siri - Thanks - I edited the post and joined the club! :) See you tomorrow!

@ Ranjani - Thanks!

@ Rachel - Muffins are all set to be made tomorrow. Can't wait!

Sangeeth said...

arundathi... this is really cool...grape jam? wow i never thought of it...its so easy...i used to think that jams are difficult to prepare...thanks for sharing :)

Pixie said...

Bravo! Doesn't it feel great! Well done and I'd love to try your grape jam for myself- wow, there are going to be a lot of entries I'm going to want to try!

ranji said...

grape jam looks delcious!!!i would love to have these with a slcie of fresh soft bread!!!great entry!!

Hetal said...

Jam looks too good,gr8 work!!

Srivalli said...

wow..way too cool girl!...looks beautiful!...

Red Chillies said...

I exactly know what you mean! I did not know that making jam was so easy until one day I made a pineapple jam and had been elated the whole day!
Your grape jam is delish!

Jayashree said...

Wow.....looks good and you make it sound so easy, girl....I've got to try this now.....

bhags said...

so u have also joined the league...nice jam for the warm up

Uma said...

lovely jam!

sowmya said...

tahts a lovely jam recipe..thanks for sharing...

Arundathi said...

Sangeeth - Sure. Enjoy!

Pixie - Thank you! It feels super! I can't wait to try yours - we don't get rhubarb here, so will have to make do! Scared I'll become a Mean, Lean, Jam-making Machine! lol!

Ranji, Hetal, Valli - Thanks!

RC - Thanks - pineapple jam...hmm...you're giving me ideas! :)

Jayashree - Please try, it was easy peasy!

Bhags - Thanks! Yes, I figured since I was posting everyday anyway, I might just join! I'm glad Siri said it was OK since I was quite late.

Uma, Sowmya - Thanks!

sra said...

Aha, you're becoming quite the inveterate blogger, I see! I took your suggestion and sent off my 'raspberries' to AFAM :)

Homecooked said...

Wow....the jam looks great!Thanks for sharing.

Sunshinemom said...

Run Anu, run....lazy me...I will wave and cheer from the sides :)That looks lovely. I wonder whether I will ever go about making it, though...

Rosie said...

WOW grape jam this is one brilliant preserve!! Many thanks for taking part in this event :)

Rosie x

Pixie said...

Hi again arundathi- thanks again, just wanted to let you know the event has now been posted.