Recipe: Sweet Chilli Jam
I’m a relative newbie when it comes to preserving and pickling. It all began a couple of Christmases ago, when, as usual, I had been completely disorganised with my Christmas shopping and had managed to get to a week before without having a plan in sight – let alone a neatly wrapped pile of presents sitting around the (not yet put up or decorated) Christmas Tree!
What I did have, was a recently purchased book on making edible gifts and it gave me an idea… This was the first recipe that I tried and it was such a success, that it created the first spark of my pickling passion. I was a little reluctant to give away the secret I must confess, but it was just to selfish too keep this amazing recipe to myself. Give this as a gift and you will have people returning again and again for more!
Sweet Chilli Jam
(from Good Food 101 Delicious Gifts, published by BBC Books)
Makes 4-6 small jars
You will need:
8 red peppers, de-seeded and roughly chopped
10 red chillies, roughly chopped (with seeds)
A finger size piece of fresh ginger, peeled & roughly chopped
8 garlic cloves, peeled
400g tin cherry tomatoes
750 g/ 1lb golden caster sugar
250 ml red wine vinegar
- Tip the peppers, chillies, ginger & garlic into a food processor and whizz until very finely chopped (I have to do this in batches as it won’t all fit in at once!)
- Scrape the mix into a heavy based pan or preserving pan and add the tomatoes, sugar and vinegar
- Bring everything to the boil and skim off any scum that comes to the surface
- Turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for about 50 minutes, stirring occasionally (I actually find I need to cook for about 15 minutes longer than this to get the right consistency)
- Meanwhile, wash and sterilise your jars
- Once the jam starts to look sticky, continue to cook for a further 10-15 minutes (stirring often to avoid it catching and burning). It should now look like bubbling lava
- Cool slightly and decant into your jars and leave to cool completely
- Store for up to 3 months in a cool, dry place such as a dark cupboard or garage.
- Refrigerate once open