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The process of making blackcurrant jam is different, there are recipes with fruits, in a slow cooker, in a bread maker, without cooking. It is important to properly prepare containers for preservation, the berries themselves. Subject to all the rules, even an inexperienced cook can make a delicious product. You should first learn about the features of making jam.
Features of making currant jam for the winter
The process of making currant jam is usually not difficult, but you should familiarize yourself with the subtleties below:
- Jam or thick jam is best made from ripe or slightly overripe berries.
- The currants are washed with tap water; it is not necessary to dry it.
- In order to speed up the cooking process, gelling components can be added.
- So that there are no seeds in the jam, grind the currants through a sieve. The fruits are boiled in advance.
- If thickeners are used, read the annotation for them. The consistencies are not always the same, the manufacturer's recommendations may differ from the data from the recipe.
- Do not use aluminum pans for cooking. Fruits contain a lot of organic acids, and when interacting with aluminum, harmful substances are formed.
- The larger the scale of evaporation, the faster the product is boiled down. It is better to cook it in a bowl than in a saucepan.
The storage conditions of the product depend on the recipe for its preparation.
Banks are usually taken to the basement or cellar. You can store them in the room, but give preference to a dark place where the sun's rays do not penetrate.
Selection and preparation of berries
When it comes to buying currants on the market, you should give preference to medium or large fruits, without flaws. As for the variety: you can take any kind, it does not matter. Before cooking, the harvest of ripe currants is sorted out, twigs, leaves, rotten berries are thrown away. Suitable specimens are washed and dried naturally.
How to prepare a container?
It is preferable to choose transparent glass containers, without chips, cracks. If the cans were in use, they are washed with soda. New containers are washed under running water. Sterilize in a convenient way, without forgetting the lids.
You can dip them in boiling water for 5 minutes.
The method of disinfection in an oven is also in demand. The containers are placed in an oven heated to 180 degrees for 10 minutes. If the lids are made of metal, they are boiled for 5 minutes; it is better not to put them in the oven. Nylon products are also boiled, as they can deform in the oven.
How to make currant jam
To make the jam tasty and store for a long time, you should clearly follow the recipes. In addition to berries, sugar, gelatin, and a choice of fruits are taken. You can vary the ingredients from the recipes as you see fit.
To make blanks for the winter in the classic way, you will need a number of components:
- 1 kg of currants, sugar;
- water - 200 ml.
Place the berries in a large container, let it simmer, wait for it to boil. Boil them for 5 minutes, knead, mix. Bring the mass to a boil again, gradually introduce granulated sugar. Cook, stirring, so that the berry does not burn, removing the froth, until the product thickens.
A simple five-minute recipe
To make a 5-minute jam product, the following components are taken:
- 1 kg of berries;
- 5 cups of sugar with a volume of 250 ml;
- 300 ml of water.
Place the fruits grated with sugar in a saucepan, start cooking. Boil the mixture for 5 minutes over moderate heat.
Without cooking through a meat grinder
There is a recipe for currant jam without cooking, using a meat grinder. You will need the following products:
- 1 kg of fruit;
- sugar - 4 cups.
To make jam, berries are crushed using a meat grinder, granulated sugar is added, and mixed. To dissolve the crystals, leave the product for 5 hours. Stir the jam periodically. Before pouring into a container, the dessert is brought to a boil, the heat is immediately turned off.
Such a workpiece is saved for 3-4 months in the refrigerator. Despite the short storage period, most of the vitamins remain in the jam, since the product has not been exposed to prolonged heating.
Seedless jam takes a long time to prepare, but the product turns out to be incredibly tasty. What ingredients are needed:
- 2 kg of currant berries;
- 1.5 kg of sugar granules.
Fruits are poured with water, set to boil for 5 minutes over high heat. During cooking, the berries will become soft, their skin will burst. Then grind them through a sieve. Pour sugar, boil again for 10, 15, 20 minutes with pauses at 5 hours. The finished product is thick, almost transparent.
With raspberries, gooseberries and cherries
To cook a dessert from different berries, you can resort to the classic recipe, but add the listed components. The amount of ingredients depends on the volume of the container. For 1.5-liter cans, you will need 1 kg of currants and the following products:
- 0.2 kg of each of the fruits and berries;
- sugar - 4 cups.
Cover currant berries with raspberries with sugar granules for 2 hours. Boil the ingredients until boiling. Mix thoroughly, simmer for another 5 minutes. The cooking time is 10 minutes so that the fruits do not boil over.
To make jam with oranges, you need to prepare the following ingredients:
- 1 kg of currants;
- 2 pieces of large oranges;
- sugar - 1 kg.
Peel oranges, cut, add with berries to a meat grinder. Fold the resulting pulp in a bandage, squeeze, add sugar. Pour into a cooking container, cook until thick for 30 minutes.
Making currant jam with agar-agar is easy, the process will not take more than an hour. The following products are taken:
- 0.3 kg of currants;
- 2 cups sugar;
- 10 g agar agar.
Put the currants in a container, cover with granulated sugar, knead. Pour in agar-agar, mix thoroughly. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. The cooking process takes 10 minutes.
Raw jam with raspberries
To make a delicious raw jam with raspberries and currants, you need the following components:
- 1 kg of currants;
- 0.3 kg of raspberries;
- sugar - 3 cups.
Pass the fruits through a meat grinder, mix with granulated sugar until it dissolves. Better to use a wooden spoon. Save the finished product in the refrigerator.
Cooking gooseberry and currant jam requires the following products:
- 1 kg of currants;
- 0.5 kg of gooseberry berries;
- 1.5 kg of sugar.
Chop the berries, combine with granulated sugar, stir until it dissolves. Boil the mixture for 10 minutes.
To prepare the jam mass, prepare 1 kg of currants and a number of other ingredients:
- 1 kg of sugar granules;
- 1 packet of pectin.
Cover the fruits with granulated sugar, grind with a blender. Boil for 5 minutes, add thickener, mix. Cook again for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. The jam is thick.
Pitted and skinless
To make a pitted, peelless dessert, take 1 kg of currants and the following products:
- 700 g sugar;
- 2 sprigs of basil.
Grind the berries using a meat grinder, pass through a sieve. Cover the puree with sugar granules, stir, add basil, leave for 2 hours. Remove the leaves, pour the currants into a saucepan, bring to a boil.
In a multicooker
To make jam in a slow cooker, you will need the following products:
- 500 g of currants;
- 0.3 kg of sugar granules.
Pass the fruits through a blender, sugar, stir. Put berry puree, 50 ml of water in a bowl, boil in the "Boil" mode for 10 minutes. Open, stir, close the lid, select the "Extinguishing" mode for another half hour.
Black and red currant
The jam turns out to be a burgundy hue, sweet, with a slight sourness. You will need the following components:
- 0.5 kg of red and black currant berries;
- 1 kg bag of sugar.
Grind the fruits through a meat grinder, add sugar to them, leave for 60 minutes. Put on a moderate heat, boil for 5 minutes after bubbles appear, periodically removing the foam.
Thick jam with gelatin
To make a thick dessert with gelatin powder, you need the following products:
- 1.5 kg of black berries;
- 4 cups of sugar with a volume of 250 ml;
- a pack of gelatin.
Chop the berries in a convenient way, simmer over moderate heat for 5 minutes. Introduce granulated sugar gradually. Boil the puree for half an hour, stirring occasionally.
In a bread maker
Jam is also made in a bread maker. Of the products you need:
- 1 kg of currant berries;
- 2.5 cups sugar;
- 1 tbsp. l. lemon juice.
Immerse clean fruits in a container of a bread machine, pour in lemon nectar, add sugar. Shake the mixture, put on the "Jam" mode for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Currant jam in glasses
Jam is prepared using the following components:
- currant fruits - 1.5 kg;
- 4 glasses of sugar.
Pour the peeled berries over with boiling water, dip in a syrup of 1 kg of sugar and 300 g of water. When bubbles appear, turn off the heat, cook for 5 hours until the desired density. 5 minutes before cooking, put 5 g of citric acid in the mixture.