It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

01 December, 2012

Around the start of December is when I start planning Christmas gifts. This year I will be doing a lot of hamper type gifts with home-made goodies.

First cab off the rank is raspberry jam. What a great way to use up a raspberry glut.


You may be able to see in the background there my new favourite appliance. Meet my new Thermomix (courtesy of Frogdancer). I've been cooking with it every day since I got it on Tuesday (it was great on when I got home all hot and bothered after the heatwave on Thursday; lemons, sugar, ice into the Thermomix and two minutes later - lemon sorbet!) and today I made jam in it.

I have to say - easiest jam making EVER! No slaving over a hot stove for hours. It was just put the fruit, sugar and pectin in, let it do its thing for 35 minutes, then pour the jam into sterilised jars.

(By the way, why do fruits need preserving in summer? It's just cruel really. Who wants to stand in front of a hot pan of jam or chutney or whatever when it's 40 degrees? I always put to Fowlers Vaccola unit outside but I can't do that with my stove. Pity.)

Summer just got a whole lot better!

8 comments:

  1. Oh so cruel - the words 'raspberry glut' are just too much....so very jealous.... Your jam looks beautiful and i absolutely agree re preserving in hot weather - just not fair!

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    1. I'm sorry. If its any consolation I feel just as jealous when I read about your tomatoes!

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  2. Lovely looking jam, great way to use your raspberry glut - I am jealous but have my own raspberry ambitions here, we have a good climate for them. How long have you been growing raspberries to get that crop? And I am going to have to get envious of your thermomix too - I love lemon sorbet, but have you thought of making raspberry sorbet too?

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    1. I have a few of varying ages but most of the crop comes from raspberries (Willamette, Tullameen and another unnamed variety which was meant to be a golden raspberry but is red) which were planted in 2010. I also have Sandford, Nootka and Chilliwack which are younger. For my money I think Willamette is the best tasting, but they're all good! Yes, raspberry sorbet will definitely be on the menu!

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  3. Gee I had to cover up my raspberries just like you. But after I get under the cover and eat the 3 berries there is nothing else. And really what is the point of taking those 3 in (I would have to share).

    They sure are a beautiful colour jam. Hmm the thermomix is def something to think about if my processor dies....

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    1. Yes, I find they need to be covered. But birds are sneaky. I rescued one just this afternoon that I found had gotten inside the net fortress and then couldn't get out. So I'd double check there aren't berry marauders. I agree, 3 is just too few to share. The thermomix is a wonder - sooooo worth the $ (I have processor too but I bought it anyway, and I don't regret it!)

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  4. Congratulations, you will love your Thermomix!! I've had mine for just over a year. Frogdancer came to my demo and bought hers there....then there was no stopping her!

    Do try the ice cream...it's something to die for!

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    1. I'm already in love!!! I've now also made yoghurt, pizza dough, butter, custard and bolognese sauce. Now I can't wait to try the ice-cream. Bring on another hot spell!

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