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Apple and Mint Jam 21/10/2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — foraginglondon @ 11:25

Once I again I am faced with a glut of apples, this time they have come from my secret (though public) orchard in North West London. I prefer to keep it that way until I’ve spoken to the conservation group about how they want to manage it going forwards. I took the liberty of going in there and picking the fruit as most of the apples had already fallen on the ground.

My glut of apples from the secret orchard

Again using the ‘Home Orchard Cookery Book’ by Gillian Painter I found an apple and mint jam that would make good use of some tart apples, and the mint in my parents garden.

Ingredients:

1 kg tart apples

3 cups water

3/4 kg sugar

bunch of mint

1/2 cup chopped mint

Method:

Slice the apples and simmer in the water until tender. Rub the pulp through a sieve and return to the pan with the sugar and a large bunch of mint. Bring to the boil and boil fat till the jam sets when tested. A few minutes before the jam is ready remove the bunch of mint and add 1/2 cup of finely chopped mint and boil again. Pour into jars and cover when cold.

Boiling apple pulp with bunch of mint

Boiling apple pulp with bunch of mint

3 jars of apple and mint jam

Recipe makes 3 jars of apple and mint jam

3 1/2 jars of apple and mint jam

3 1/2 jars of apple and mint jam

My final note on this recipe is that these tart apples set very quickly. Having had problems getting the pears to set this lot set very quickly, so do not leave the pan and test after 5-10 minutes at most.

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