Gooseberry Jam | How to make gooseberry jam?

Sweet gooseberry jam with tangy notes
9/14/2016 10:40:28 PM vindhyadesai

Homemade gooseberry jam

Gooseberries are very rich in Vitamin C and dietary  fibre. They are tart and tangy and also pulpy making a good berry for making jam/marmalade. Moreover they are available throughout the year in most places especially in tropical places. There are so many variety available, big lemon sized ones, small ones, soft ones and even red ones etc. I have used green soft gooseberries almost seedless, which are not very sour to make jam as given in recipe below. Try other jam/marmalade recipes. Another version made in India is the Amla Murabba or Nellikayi Gulambu (as called in Kannada) will also be posted on FOI.

Gooseberry Jam | How to make gooseberry jam?
 
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Sweet gooseberry jam with tangy notes
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Recipe type: Homemade
Cuisine: English
Serves: ¾ Cup or 120 Gm~
Ingredients
  • 300 gm gooseberries
  • ½ Cup heaped sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Cup (250ml~) water
Method
  1. Wash gooseberries and let them air dry at room temperature for a bit
  2. Cut stems off gooseberries and halve them
  3. Add water to a pan, add gooseberries
  4. Squeeze in lemon juice
  5. Cook till gooseberries are soft and pulpy
  6. Add sugar and let it dissolve. Keep a plate in freezer and let it turn cold which will be ready to be used when testing doneness of jam
  7. Now boil rapidly. Skim off and remove foam from top
  8. Let it reduce a bit and turn light pink (after 15-20 minutes boiling)
  9. When added on cold plate it wrinkles up. Remove and let it cool
  10. Serve with bread or anything you like, I even add it while making vegtable stews
Notes
Use unwaxed lemon when making jams

Lemon helps cut through the extra tartness of gooseberries along with adding citrusy flavour

Adjust sugar according to sourness of gooseberries

Foam should be skimmed off when making jam which helps preserve jams for a longer time as impurities are removed (from sugar and fruit if any)

Rapidly boiling helps set the jam

Use jam sugar if available (has pectin, setting agent added to it) and if you want to make jam instead of softer marmalade

Store jam in sterilized glass bottle if storing outside and for a longer time. Refrigerate once bottle is opened

 Stepwise:

Wash gooseberries and let them air dry at room temperature for a bit
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Cut stems off gooseberries and halve them
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Add water to a pan, add gooseberries
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Squeeze in lemon juice
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Cook till gooseberries are soft and pulpy
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Add sugar and let it dissolve. Keep a plate in freezer and let it turn cold which will be ready to be used when testing doneness of jam
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Now boil rapidly. Skim off and remove foam from top
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Let it reduce a bit and turn light pink (after 15-20 minutes boiling)
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When added on cold plate it wrinkles up. Remove and let it cool
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Serve with bread or anything you like, I even add it while making vegtable stews
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