Traditional Apricot Jam with Grandma

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It’s always nice to bake&cook with grandmas.

This is our grandma’s special apricot recipe which we made it together this summer. When grandma is in the kitchen for us it’s great way to reach the top tips&surprise secrets of her recipes and for her to pass the delicious family recipes to grandchildren and sometimes the greatest thing is just to do and share something together.

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Let’s start Jamming grandmas traditional way!

1 kilo apricot

1 kilo sugar

1 lemon juice

remove all apricots seeds as seen belove

Put them in big plate the pitted side up

Sprinkle all the sugar on top of them

Leave them in the sun for one day or just leave them one day

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Put them in pan and bring them to boil then reduce the heat.

Cook them 20 min. more

Add the lemon juice and take it  from the stove.

Cool completely.

Put in the jars.

Tightly close the lids of jars.

Store it in cool dark place or just give it to someone who need or worth that!

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Happy lovely jamming!

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Summer Wild Cherry Jam

20130715-205440.jpgIf you have a bountiful wild cherry tree do what our friend Colleen did; share the fruit with friends. She showed up at the studio with bags of cherries. After filling my belly with the tart delicious wild things I wondered what was going to happen with the rest. Colleen told me I could take it all home. I did not ask twice! and took the bag home.

This delightful summer gift is what led to me making jam. So I am sharing the recipe with you all. Hope you enjoy it.

What you need:

  • 6 cups of wild cherries (these were tart mostly)
  • 2 cups of organic white sugar
  • A large pot and wooden spoon
  • Clean jars with good lids; I love using my recycled ones
  • Yes, this is it, no pectin or any other filler ingredient.
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    Step 1:
    Don’t do what I did!! Wash and let the fruit air-dry a little. Then take fruit and a cup for the pits to your COUCH so you can comfortably pit the million cherries. I stood for 2 hour at the sink – not quite sure why. Another good idea is to involve friends or kids in the process – sure to expedite the pitting.

    And do yourself a favor hand-pit the cherries, trying to use a knife — trust me, not such a good idea. I also recommend wearing an apron, in case the cherry juice splatters your clothing won’t get ruined.

    Step 2:
    After the pitting is done, add the sugar on the cherries, stir a bit to ensure they are thoroughly coated. If you are wondering why such little sugar… you don’t need more sugar, less sugar keeps the taste and flavor of the fruit come through.

    Let the mix marinate overnight. Best way is to let it marinate in the sun if you can, otherwise the fridge will do (cover well so other smells don’t taint jam mix. 20130715-210747.jpg
    Step 3:
    Pour the marinated wild cherries into the pot an put on high heat. Bring to boil, and keep boiling for 10 minutes.
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    After 10 minutes, reduce the heat to medium and cook for 25 to 30 minutes. If you see that your jam is too liquid I would go for 30 minutes.
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    How to test the jam?
    Take a little of the juice and drop it to a plate so you can watch how it flows. The slower it flows the better and that indicates it is ready to be taken off the heat.
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    Mine actually turned out to be little more liquid than I like. Keep in mind that timing of how long to boil is a function of how much juice there is. Since there is no thickener in this recipe we use the reduction method.

    Step 4:
    Let the jam cool; enough so there is no steam coming off it anymore. Use a big spoon or ladle to fill up the jars. Make sure to put on the lids tightly.
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    Tip: you can store this in a cool dark cabinet, but if you are having a hot and humid summer like we are I recommend storing them upside down in the fridge.

    Make this a jamming summer! Thank you Colleen for the wild cherries, you made my day.

    A Delicate Surprise

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    This Christmas I received a surprise gift from my friend Julie. She gave me a bundle of foods she made herself. A cute tub of chicken liver pâté, bacon jam, accompanied with herve mons blue de sassenage cheese and a whole wheat baguette.

    I dare say they are gourmet quality if not better and fresher. What a great gift to give someone… I can taste the care and love she put into making these goodies. By the way there should have been a warning: this bacon jam is addictive, and I don’t happen to be a bacon lover. The pâté is delicate and velvety, a smooth delight; great with a little cheese and bread, organic strawberry and crisp cubes Asian pear. A slightly chilled glass of Pinot Grigio and some sparkling water completed my food journey.
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    We have a saying in Turkish that we use when we really like someone’s food – ‘ellerine sağlık’ roughly means health to your hands.
    So I raise my glass to you my friend… Ellerine sağlık!