Monday, 5 July 2010

Pineapple Jam


Pineapple jam is one of my favourite Jams. Simplest of it can be made without any spices, just sugar, lime juice and pineapple. But to add an extra depth you may opt for some spices of your choice. I have used whole cinnamon and cloves which was inspired by Shn of Mishmash. Long back she had posted a stunning pineapple jam recipe and the drool worthy pictures were stuck in my brain. Making of jam was in my mind ever since. Recently I spotted some huge pineapples on offer and they smelt heavenly. I just grabbed one didn’t think anything else other than this pineapple jam. I love pineapple flavour, may it be in juice, desserts, cake, jam or even curries. But like many other fruits, I am not keen on eating pineapple as it is. Adding a bit of sin to the fruit makes it more appealing and tempting!
You may add or reduce sugar depending on the sweetness of the fruit. My pineapple was quite sweet, and I added the amount of sugar as given in the recipe below. It was perfect for our taste. But I have come across recipe that calls for equal amount of sugar as the fruit, so if your pineapple is not sweet enough, feel free to use more. You may also puree your pineapple to get a spreadable jam or leave it slightly chunky by chopping it fine to get a chunky jam, however you may prefer your jam to be. Here the picture of jam displayed on the ramekin is the chunky pineapple jam and on the toast is the finer version of it which is prepared from pureed pineapple. I preferred the latter one better because it had a spreadable consistency.


Pineapple Jam
Almost Fills a 1/2 litre Jar

Ingredients:
750 g very finely chopped pineapple (3 cups)
500g (2 1/3 cups) regular white sugar
2 tsp (10 mls) lime juice
4 cloves (optional)
4 small pieces of cinnamon stick (optional)
Few drops of yellow food colour

Preparation:
1. Mince the pineapple finely or puree in a processor depending on the texture you want your jam to be. You can also leave it slightly chunky if you like your jam that way.

2. Tip the minced/pureed pineapple in a cooking saucepan. Add in sugar, lime juice, cinnamon and cloves. Leave it aside for 3-4 hours or until the sugar has completely dissolved.

3. Place the saucepan on heat, bring to gentle boil and simmer for around 35-50 minutes until it is thick and syrupy; depending on the pan and mode of heat used. Make sure you stir every while because the sugar can easily burn. Add few drops of yellow colour and stir.

4. Meanwhile sterilize the jar and lid in boiling water for 8 -10 minutes.

5. To check the doneness of jam, spread a tablespoon of jam on a cold plate and return the plate to the freezer and chill for a minute. Run your finger through the jam and if you see it wrinkling as you pull, then the jam is ready. If not continue cooking until you reach that ‘wrinkle’ stage. Jam will get thicker and stiffer as it cools down, so make sure you don’t make it really thick. Wait until the jam is completely cooled. Once it is completely cooled it will be easier to judge the consistency of jam you require. (Read notes on how to fix if you overcooked or undercooked your jam). Fish out the whole spices and discard them using a sterilized fork or spoon.

6. Let the jam cool down completely before transferring into a sterilized jam jars. You can use this jam on jam drop cookies, toasts, puddings etc.

Notes:

1. Take care not to include the central stalk of pineapple.

2. If at all your jam gets cooked beyond the required time, and you ended up in candy like jam or very stiff jam that is difficult to spread, don’t panic. Just Pour 4 - 8 Tablespoon (1/4 cup – ½ cup) of water to the jam and bring to gentle boil. Stir well and simmer for 3-4 minutes until the jam reaches a ‘jammy’ consistency.

3. Unlike soft fruits like strawberries and raspberries, pineapple does not break down considerably on mashing. So you may need to mince it to your suitable preference before you prepare it. Well, I pureed it half through cooking when I realized that it doesn’t get mashed on mashing. The texture will be fine and of spreadable consistency on pureeing.

4. Some people likes the flavour of Star anise. You may add half of whole start anise along with other spices. It gives a strong flavour, so be cautious.

30 comments:

Sharmilee! :) said...

Wow jams at home...sounds interesting....Perfect for a toast

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Wow Shab, that is simply amazing and I love pineapple jam but never tried making it at home.

Pari said...

Love the idea of adding spices in the jam, looks so good and beautiful click.

Sayantani said...

am gonna make it. only this morning was complaining to hubby that we dint buy pineapple for a long time. love Pineapple jam and your is truly delightful. looks awesome.

Jennifurla said...

OMG it is just so lovely looking

Zia Elle said...

That's so nice Shab!!!!
I've never tasted before pineapple jam, it looks delicious!
I want to try it, thank you for sharing the recipe!!

Pavithra said...

That looks delicious and perfect consistency.. absolutely beautiful pictures shabs...

Priya said...

Glossy jam looks irresistible, awesome!!

Rachana said...

I love pineapple jam and thats awesome photography, shabs!

shifa firoz said...

i love pineapples :) do u hv a recipe for pomegranate jam?

divya said...

Looks so yummy,

Parita said...

Bookmarked! I love pineapple jam and making it at home with spices sounds fantastic, will plan to make some soon!

Aruna Manikandan said...

Jam looks perfect and delicious..
Nice clicks :-)

Nithya said...

Fantastic jam dear.. the look of it is tempting me to make it :) awesome clicks too :)

syndhu said...

Hi,

My aunt used to cook the pineapple in the pressure cooker to cook it befor making jam to soften it. Her jam used to be really yummm and like the store-bought ones.

Fajeeda said...

hey shabs.........this jam looks awesome......will try it for sure.........

Hari Chandana said...

sounds too good... delicious clicks.. :)

Afsal_ Alif said...

The Jam lukks Yummy,but I didn't find any bread Slice or burger with it......!!

Shabs.. said...

Hi all, thanks alot for stopping by....And i should say sorry as well. COs now there seems to be a problem with the blogger comment section and many of the comments wouldnt get published cos of some error. Sorry about that.

@sharmilee, thanks...

@priya...jams are one of the easiest to make!

@pari...thanks..

sayantani....thanks dear....try making it and i hope u will like it..

Jen...:)

Zia...pineapple jams are oe of teh tastiest even though they are much common around.

Pavi, thx

Priya,:)

Shifa, i dint even hear about pomegranate jams!!...i hope all jams are made in the same way, mainly jam sugar and fruit or sugar, lemon and fruit....

@faisal....In the first pic, i place the jam on a bread toast:)

Love,
shabs.

Shabs.. said...

Here are the comments that dint get published:

syndhu said:

Hi,

My aunt used to cook the pineapple in the pressure cooker to cook it befor making jam to soften it. Her jam used to be really yummm and like the store-bought ones.

Afsal_ Alif has left a new comment on your post "Pineapple Jam":

The Jam lukks Yummy,but I didn't find any bread Slice or burger with it......!!

Hari Chandana has left a new comment on your post "Pineapple Jam":

sounds too good... delicious clicks.. :)

Fajeeda has left a new comment on your post "Pineapple Jam":

hey shabs.........this jam looks awesome......will try it for sure.........

Nithya has left a new comment on your post "Pineapple Jam":

Fantastic jam dear.. the look of it is tempting me to make it :) awesome clicks too :)

Aruna Manikandan has left a new comment on your post "Pineapple Jam":

Jam looks perfect and delicious..
Nice clicks :-)

Parita has left a new comment on your post "Pineapple Jam":

Bookmarked! I love pineapple jam and making it at home with spices sounds fantastic, will plan to make some soon!

Shabs.. said...

syndhu...thanks alot for that tip....i think that will really cut down the timimg for cooking this jam....

An Open Book said...

hats off to you for making jam and all..i hope some day i will be as motivated as you are :)
I too would prefer the spreadable jam...

Sarah Naveen said...

Super click..looks amazing!!!

PranisKitchen said...

pineapple jam.. perfect one ,very nicely explained..

Priti said...

Looks gr8.....so tempting...

Nitha said...

Great one dear.. You have a lot of patience.. The jam looks yummy... My mom used to prepare mixed fruit jam.. But I have tried it though :)

Yummy Team said...

Perfect and delicious jam!!Fabulous clicks, Shabs..I will surely try it sometime..Bookmarked!!

Shabs.. said...

Thanks all for stopping by and encouraging comments..

shifa firoz said...

Shabs we always by sugar free Dalfour Jan pomegrate and rasberry flavour.. so i was thinking after seeing ur post why not make it instead of buying!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Everything here is so beautiful! Love your photos - and this jam is calling out my name, I'm a sucker for all things pineapple!

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