What better way to clean out your fruit bowl and make use of the beautiful seasonal fresh fruit Australia has to offer than by mixing up a batch of your very own jam. It’s sometimes difficult to find natural jams without preservatives and too much sugar, so here are a few recipes you might like to try. And what a lovely homemade gift it will make!
The mighty power of chia seeds, with all their superfood abilities, help make these delicious jams. Not only are they rich in protein, packed with Omega 3 and fibre – they also help create the perfect consistency of good quality jam.
No added sugar and just as tasty!
Step one – choose the flavour – which jam do you jell with?
Brilliant Blue Blueberry
Party Pink Peach
Opalescent Orange Valencia
Ruby Red Strawberry
Prize Purple Cherry
Step two – prepare the ingredients:
• 4 cups of the chopped fruit of your choice
• 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, more if required
• 1 to 2 tablespoons of agave, honey or maple syrup to taste
• 1 to 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, to taste
Step three – make the jam:
• Prepare your choice of fruit (remove skin, seeds, pits and stems) and chop into small bite-sized pieces. Berries can be left whole.
• Transfer your chosen fruit into a saucepan and cook over a medium heat until it starts to break down into a syrup like consistency (approximately 5 to 10 minutes).
• Stir and mash the fruit with a folk, spatula or potato masher until it’s smooth.
• Take the fruit off the heat, stir in one tablespoon of the agave, honey or maple syrup, add the lemon juice to taste and then add the chia seeds
• Allow the jam to stand for five minutes to thicken. If you would like a thicker consistency, stir in one teaspoon of chia seeds at a time – allowing time for expansion.
• Transfer the jam into jars (or other storage containers) and allow to cool. Allow a one to two cm gap between the jam and the lid of the jar because the jam will expand further during the cooling process.
• Seal the jars and place into the fridge.
*Please note: when pouring the jam into jars or containers please be aware it may be quite hot!