Jam is made of crushed or chopped fruit preserved with sugar and pectin. It is made by cooking fruits into a pulp and then adding the sugar (and extra pectin if necessary) the mixture is then transferred into jars and sealed.
There are too many varieties of jam to count, jam making is an art and you can really get creative with the combinations. Some common varieties include strawberry, raspberry and apricot. It usually used as a spread for toast or biscuits.
Pectin is a gelling agent, it gives jam its consistency. Pectin is naturally found in fruits but depending on the fruits natural pectin level you may need to add some extra to get the jam-like texture.
Jam can be enjoyed on its own and it can be used in baking. It is an essential component in recipes like Victoria sponge cake and jam tarts!
In our opinion, the best way to enjoy jam is wedged in the middle of a scone with some fresh clotted cream.
Jam is usually very high in sugar and shouldn’t be eaten in high quantities. Depending on the type of jam there are usually about 278 calories per 100 grams.
Fruits are usually high in vitamins but it depends on the type and the amount of fruit used in production. Some factory-made jams contain artificial sweeteners.