16 December 2013

Mango Jam

I was give two mangoes this week, as a treat. The thing is I can't stand the smell of fresh mango, and no one else eats them. I only had two so not enough to make mango chutney (which I do like), not enough to drag out the dehydrator to make mango leather, but I really didn't want them to go to waste.

So jam it was. And it is delicious! Really delicious. And so simple. I just converted my regular jam recipe to use mangoes instead of berries and added a little extra lemon juice. I am so glad I did - as soon as mangoes drop in price after Christmas I think I'll head to the market for a tray, just to make jam.

Mango Jam

500g mangoes, peeled and stoned
500g sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice

Step 1. Gently warm the sugar in the microwave or over a bowl of boiling water for 1 minute. Warmed sugar dissolves faster and there is less chance of it crystallizing.

Step 2. Dice the mango and add it to a large pot with the sugar and lemon juice. Slowly stir it over a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved.

Step 3. Turn the heat up and bring the jam to a rolling boil, stirring constantly (you don't want it to stick to the bottom of the pot and burn). Once the mixture starts to boil turn the heat down to just maintain the boil. Let the jam cook until it reaches setting point - about 15 - 20 minutes.

To test for setting point put a saucer or small plate in the freezer to chill.  When you are ready to test for set point,  remove the jam from the heat to avoid overcooking it and place a teaspoon of the jam on the chilled plate. Put the plate back into the freezer for a minute. Remove the plate and give the jam a gentle push with your finger. If the surface of the jam wrinkles up, it is ready. If it doesn't return the pot to the heat and continue boiling for another five minutes, then test again.

Step 4. Ladle into sterilised jars and seal.

Note: This is a small batch because I only had the two mangoes. You can quite easily double the quantities to make a decent sized batch if you have more fruit and a big enough microwave safe bowl.

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