I imagine that all of you knows that the most important meal of the day is breakfast. It is common knowledge nowadays. However even if we know it, many of us don’t take breakfast or we just eat something in a hurry before going to work. Time is more important for many people, especially young people. Growing older makes you understand that many other things matter and time is the less important than all. Taking care of your body and mind is one of them that really matters and having breakfast with your family makes that happen. In one hand your body fills with energy to be able to cope with the tasks of the day and on the other hand being together with your family fills your soul with strength and happiness. So slow down and enjoy every morning with your beloved ones and with your favorite kind of breakfast. It will definitely make your day!!
One of my favorite foods for the morning is fresh, warm bread with butter and jam. So when one of my neighbors brought me a a big bag filled with just picked prunes from their own trees I had no doubt that being jam was their destiny. The benefits of living in a small village as I have told you. Fresh fruits with no chemicals right from the tree and generous neighbors ready to offer whatever they have.
Making jam is a way of preserve fruits and it is a so easy procedure that I don’t understand why people buy the ready-made ones that are full of conservatives and chemicals. Even if you don’t have your own fruits, the jam that you will make it will be more tasty than any bought one. Of course it needs a little time to prepare the fruits (that’s the guilty one for buying ready products I think) but prunes don’t need much preparation. You don’t have to peel them. The skin makes the jam more tasty and gives a deep red color to it. Just wash them very well, remove the pit and cut in small pieces.
For this delightful jam (it is my favorite) you will need a deep pot, the fruits, sugar, a little water and a little lemon juice. You will also need some sterilized jars to put the jam in.
To sterilize the jars is another simple procedure. Wash the jars very well and put them in the oven (on a baking sheet or a baking pan with the opening up) at 130°C for 15 minutes. Let them cool. As for the lids just boil them for few minutes and let them dry.
Please try to make your own jam. It is so rewarding and I promise that you will never buy another jam in your life again!
- 1 kg prunes, pitted
- 700 gr sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- juice of half a lemon
Wash the prunes very well and remove the pits.
Cut them to small pieces about 1,5 cm each.
Put the prunes to a large pot, add the sugar and the water.
On high heat bring the prunes to a boil. Be careful because it may bubble up and overflow.
Lower the heat and remove the foam with a skimmer.
Simmer for about 30 minutes stirring frequently.
With a hand blender mash the fruits and continue to simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
Perhaps the jam will be ready sooner so be there and be careful.
A minute before the jam is ready add the lemon juice.
Let the jam cool and transfer to sterilized jars.
The easy way to know if the jam is ready is to take a little portion with a spoon and place it to a cold plate. Let it cool (you can put it to the refrigerator for saving time for a minute or two) and with your finger draw a line in the middle of the jam. If the line remains the jam is ready. If the jam comes back together you have to cook it for a little more time.