The book itself is a gift in itself~♥
Different jams that I am used to and by the Queen of Confitures no less..
I decided to make 1/2 of one of her recipes..
Strawberry~Mint~Cracked black pepper~
I loved the fact that you macerate for 2 days..one day ..well overnight..with the srawbs ,lemon juice and sugar..cover with parchment..
I used a white porcelain bowl..and did just that..
the next day you bring everything to a simmer..cover again and return to macerate again overnight~
The next day..
You sieve your mixture through a fine sieve..I had bought this jelly/jam gadget more than 3 years ago and it was still new in packaging..
FUN to use and it works perfectly..patience ..when waiting for the juice to flow..every last drop..counts~
Return the juice to a a pot and bring to a boil.. when it reaches 221 degrees F..or 105 C..it should be the right consistency..return the drained strawberries to the pot of hot syrup and add mint leaves and cracked pepper.. boil for ap another 5 minutes..check for set as she said:)
My recipe made almost 2 full Bonne Maman jam jars..1/2 jar is finished,already.
I would probably cook mine a bit longer or bring my thermometer to 230 F..or test it..:)
My jam is a bit runny..but Jacque's mom made hers runnier and he loves that..
When he ate it with fresh scones the next morning he said..:"Il n'y a pas une confiture commerciale qui goûte bonne comme une faite à la maison"♥
When all was done..the apron and the jelly bag got washed and put to dry in the brilliant sunshine..The bag ..looked brand new..not one spot of berry.The sun:)
From the book Mes Confitures~ Christine Ferber~
Can be found..in it's entirety..here!
I was just about to type everything out.. and then Googled..and here it was..from another fave of mine:)
Her disclaimer about canning etc ..so true..I always sterilize and 80% of the time..water bathe..
But for the little amount I was making..and honestly I don't know if my mother-in -law ever water bathed her preserves..
I threw caution to the wind.. and did what she said:) and what a good friend said..or said her friend's aunt in Paris does..:)
I did sterilize my Bonne Maman jars..in the oven:) the lids in boiling water..
Put the jam in.. and lidded and flipped..
The top caved in..and they were xtremely hard to pop open..and as I mentioned..:
Ces confitures vont disparaître dans le temps de le dire..~
Which means these perserves will disappear before you know it..in a heartbeat..etc:)In a blink of the eye..
Like a good summer..a good book..cookbook or other.. has no ending~