Rhubarb and strawberry jam
Rabarbermarmelad med jordgubbar
Rabarbermarmelad med jordgubbar (rhubarb and strawberry jam) is a popular jam in Sweden and no wonder: strawberries and rhubarb combine really well as the strawberries improve the jam's colour and their sweetness helps to offset the tartness of rhubarb. If you have only ever made strawberry jam before, do try this recipe because it really is a delicious combination!
You might be surprised at the name in Swedish because jam is often translated into Swedish as sylt, not marmelad. In English marmalade is only normally used for conserves made from citrus fruits, but in Sweden it tends to be used for anything that has a firmer texture. Swedes use sylt for jams that can be poured and marmelad for jams that need to be spread with a knife.
Enjoy rabarbermarmelad med jordgubbar for a breakfast treat. It is excellent in porridge, on toast and on muffins or scones. John Duxbury
• You can use other berries or currants instead of strawberries, such as raspberries, blackberries, redcurrants or a mixture.
• Also try rabarbermarmelad med ingefära (rhubarb and ginger jam), which is good with a nice piece of mature (aged) cheese and is an interesting alternative to chutney.
• If you are new to jam making, checkout our Top Tips for Making Jam.
|500 g||(4 cups)||rhubarb|
|500 g||(4 cups)||strawberries, hulled and halved|
|670 g||(3⅓ cups)||jam sugar|
|1 tsp||vanilla powder|
|1 tsp||butter, if necessary|
1. Sterilise 3 or 4 clean jam jars by placing in an oven at 130°C (250°C, gas ½, fan 120°C) for 10 minutes.
2. Wash the rhubarb and cut into 2 cm (¾") lengths. Place in a large saucepan or jam pan.
3. Add the strawberries, jam sugar and vanilla powder. Heat gently whilst stirring until the sugar melts and the fruit juices are released.
4. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the marmalade to a rolling boil without a lid for about 5 minutes, until the rhubarb has become soft.
5. Take the marmalade off the heat and leave for 5 minutes then remove the scum with a metal spoon.
6. If there is any scum that is difficult to remove, add a little and stir thoroughly so that the butter dissolves it.
8. Wait another 10 minutes or so and then, using a jam funnel, ladle into the sterilised jars and cover. Store in a cool dark place until required.
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