MULBERRY JAM (WITH PECTIN)


    
YIELD: AROUND 12 CUPS
    
Mulberries are a delicious sweet berry that make a very tasty jam – if you can save a few bowlfuls of the fresh berries to make jam that is! Have a mulberry tree at home? You can freeze the fresh berries and make a batch of jam when you have enough. We like eating mulberry jam on hot, freshly baked bread or pikelets, or using as a nice change to the humble jam drop biscuit. Enjoy and spread a little love!
    
Ingredients for MULBERRY JAM

6 Cup Batch
12 Cup Batch
Mulberries
850g (1 pound 14 ounces)
1.7kg (3 pounds 12 ounces)
Water
1/2 cup
3/4 cup
Pectin, Powdered
1 1/2 tablespoons (or 25g JamSetta)
3 tablespoons (or 50g JamSetta)
Sugar, White
850g (1 pound 14 ounces)
1.7kg (3 pounds 12 ounces)
             
METHOD:
1. Wash fresh, ripe mulberries and discard stems.
2. Weigh fruit to determine the batch yield.
3. Sterilise all equipment by washing in hot soapy water and rinsing well before use.
4. If using frozen mulberries, thaw in a colander and reserve juice to use instead of part (or all) of the water.
5. Combine mulberries and water (or reserved mulberry juice) in a large, wide stainless steel pot.
6. Simmer fruit mixture (uncovered) over low-medium heat for 5-10 minutes until mulberries have softened enough to mash (or puree).
7. Mash fruit mixture for a rustic jam (or puree in a blender until smooth).
8. Strain part (or all) of the fruit mixture to discard seeds (if desired).
9. Prepare clean, empty jars by boiling in a pot of water for 10 minutes before filling.
10. Add pectin into the mulberry mixture and whisk well.
11. Heat on high until mixture has begun to boil steadily.
12. Add all of the sugar and whisk until dissolved. Bring to a boil and then boil as hard as possible for 1 minute - known as a rolling boil, where the jam cannot be stirred down.
13. Soak lids in hot water (not on heat) for at least 5 minutes before use.
14. Skim and discard foam from the surface of the jam – this foam is delicious on bread or frozen for baking, store foam in the refrigerator or freezer in an airtight container.
15. Pack hot jars with the hot jam to 0.5cm (1/4 inch) from the rim of each jar.
16. Using a non-metal utensil, remove any bubbles and add extra jam if required.
17. Wipe rims to remove any food residue.
18. Add warm lids and twist to secure.
19. Place sealed jars into a pot of boiling water and boil for the processing time stated below. Start the timer once the water comes to a full boil.
20. Turn off the heat source once the time is up. Remove jars from hot water after 5 more minutes. Cool jars overnight on a wood or fabric surface. Do not adjust lids during this time.
21. The next day, check jars have sealed before labelling and dating.
22. Store jars in a cool, dark and dry place for up to 12 months. Store mason jars without bands on the jars.
23. Refrigerate jars upon opening and consume jam within several months.
  
FLAVOUR IDEAS:
Combine fruits, add a pinch of spice or a spoonful of juice (or liqueur) to a 500ml (pint) jar of bottled apples, process according to the recipe and taste when opening to check flavouring. Make in larger batches as desired. Adding different fruits and changing the quantity of mulberries may create a softer or firmer jam, test a small batch first.
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Processing Time for MULBERRY JAM in a Boiling Water Bath

Jar Size
Altitude ≤ 6,000 feet
Altitude ≥ 6,000 feet
Hot Pack
≤ 500ml (pints)
10 minutes
15 minutes
         
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