Is RED!!!! Because my freezer had defrosted all my lovely berries needed dealing to. I had planned on making jams with them anyway, it just wasn't on my to do list right at the moment!! But at least looking at these gorgeous red berries (and taste testing all the way through) eased the burden!!!!
I make jam with an equal ratio of sugar to fruit. So I had 500g cranberries, I used 500g sugar. It might sound like a lot, and to be fair sometimes I do try to reduce it. But every time I do muck with it, it just takes longer to set, so I end up boiling the heck out of it and probably it ends up just as concentrated in sugar anyway!
I really LOVE making jam. It is such a quick and easy thing to do and soooooo satisfying. Because I pretty much eat toast every morning, I enjoy home made jams to spread on it. I will often give jars as gifts and they are a great standby gift. I have become accustomed to how jam 'looks' when it is ready to pop into the jar.
This lot is cranberry jelly, redcurrant jelly and strawberry and vanilla jam. The first two will be stowed away for Christmas and will probably get given as gifts too! I might have to hoard the strawberry one though!