Sunday, 15 June 2014

Gooseberry Jam

It is that time of year when I make Gooseberry Jam.

The gooseberries are ready - or almost anyway.  As I am going to be away for nearly two weeks I thought rather than risk waiting until I got back I would make the jam now.

A nice bunch for a small gooseberry bush.

Top and tail them.

Measure an equal amount of sugar

Place gooseberries in with water and simmer until softened.

Add sugar, stir until dissolved and rapid boil for 10 minutes until reaches setting point.

Once ready, pour into sterilised jars.

Not quite three jars of jam.


Now off to make the scones.


  1. I've never had gooseberry jam before ... but I'm going to imagine it's delicious ... specially with scones :0)

    1. It is not as sweet as a lot of jams, but yes very nice with scones and a dollop of clotted cream!

  2. Wonderful to see gooseberries. My Grandmother used to grow them and I loved them. They very rarely appeared in the supermarkets in Napier and I can't recall seeing them here in the Scotland for as long as I can remember. I did taste them in Napier a couple of years ago (grown in the South Island) and enjoyed them but remembered that they are not that easy to prepare with their hard stalk bit. I was also told by a grower that they were difficult to harvest.

    1. Yes with those sharp thorns they are particularly nasty! I didn't come away splinter free put it that way! They are a bit fiddly to prepare, but worth the only gooseberry jam connoisseur in this household means I am guaranteed to have some jam on hand!

  3. I decided to take a bit of a detour and see what was up outside of Rose Cottage. And what did I find? Gooseberry Jam...YUM!!! I had it once on a trio to Prince Edward Island and fell in head over heals in love with it. Treasure your little gooseberry bush!

    1. So glad you did! Lots of roses (of course) and oh yes a wonderful little gooseberry bush. Just love the jam, not too sweet, just that right bit of tartness.


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