Life hacks by Katerina
As I sit here, enveloped in the comforting aromas of my kitchen, I am reminded of the simple pleasures derived from creating homemade jam. A tradition I began over a decade ago, driven by a desire for a healthier, more flavorful alternative to store-bought varieties. Join me on a journey through the art of crafting homemade jam, where each jar holds not only sweet, tangy goodness but also a testament to the joys of sustainable living and culinary creativity.
The Secret Ingredients: Making jam is more than just a culinary endeavor; it’s a labor of love, a harmonious blend of tradition, innovation, and mindful sourcing. From selecting the ripest berries to infusing them with the natural sweetness of coconut and mango, every step is infused with intention and purpose. And let’s not forget the addition of Rowan berries, those orange-hued gems that add a touch of bitterness and a wealth of medicinal value. These berries, along with a blend of Linden berries and other locally sourced fruits, create a symphony of flavours that elevate the humble jam to new heights.
Mindful Sweetening: One of the secrets to achieving the perfect consistency lies in the addition of gelatin or agar agar, which enhances the natural pectin present in berries, resulting in a luxuriously smooth texture. And for those seeking to reduce sugar intake, a blend of erythritol and organic sugar offers a delightful alternative without compromising on flavor.
Beyond the Spread: But the magic of homemade jam extends beyond the kitchen. It’s a versatile condiment that transcends the boundaries of traditional spreads. Whether drizzled over pancakes, paired with cheese, or stirred into yogurt, its culinary possibilities are endless. And let’s not forget its potential as a delightful addition to hot or iced tea, or even mixed into cocktails for a unique twist on classic drinks.
Sustainable Living: Crafting homemade jam is not just about creating a delicious spread—it’s about fostering a deeper connection with nature, nourishing both body and soul. Whether you’re foraging for berries in your local area or tending to a backyard garden, there’s a sense of fulfillment that comes from knowing exactly where your ingredients come from. And as we embark on this journey together, I invite you to join me in embracing the art of sustainable living, one jar of jam at a time.
Join the Community: So, come and experience the joy of homemade jam-making, where wholesome goodness meets culinary creativity. And remember, you’re always welcome to join one of my workshops or foraging classes, where we can learn and grow together as a community.
Embrace the Sweetness: Let’s savor the sweetness of life, one jar of jam at a time.
With love and berries,