Food Monday ~ Gooseberry Jam

Gooseberry Jam

1 kg Gooseberries washed and stemmed.
1 kg Granulated Sugar
150ml Water

Wash, top and tail the gooseberries, discarding any that are damaged.
Put the fruit and water in a large saucepan.  Bring to the boil.  Cover and reduce the heat.  Simmer gently for about 30 minutes until the fruit is softened.
Add sugar and stir until dissolved.  Bring to the boil.  Boil for 10-15 minutes.
Draw off the heat and test whether the jam has set.
I use a cooled saucer and drop a small spoonful of jam on to it. Allow it to cool for a minute then push your finger through the jam – if it wrinkles it’s ready; if not, boil for a few more minutes.
Once the jam is ready, turn off the heat, skim off any scum and leave to stand for 15-20 minutes.
Spoon the jam into clean sterilised jars and seal tightly with screw top lids while the jam is hot.

I prepare my jars before I start to clean the fruit.
Wash the jars in soapy water and rinse in clean warm water. Allow them to drip-dry, upside down, on a rack in the oven set to 140C. Leave them there for at least half an hour while you make the jam.
Put the screw top lids in a bowl of boiling water.


When we were young and asked my mother where we came from, the answer was “From under a Gooseberry bush!”  What do you mean, you don’t believe me???

My siblings looking for babies!

8 thoughts on “Food Monday ~ Gooseberry Jam

  1. shackman

    GM I don’t believe I’ve ever tasted a gooseberry – is it similar to anything I might recognize? My faves are fresh peach and apricot jam.

  2. Grannymar Post author

    shackman – Gooseberries belong to Ribes family, the berry fruit has many tiny seeds at the center. It is related to the blackcurrant family, although resembling the shape of grapes. Gooseberries are grown in smaller as well as much larger sizes of fruits that are colored green, yellow or in shades of pink to purple, depending upon the place where they are grow and the category they belong to. With a unique slightly tart flavor, gooseberries are best used in desserts.

    There are many health benefits in gooseberries. They look like this

  3. Grannymar Post author

    Fos – Yes you can. You can also ‘Play Gooseberry’ by being the third person on a date, when the other two wish you were on a one way journey aboard Curiosity rover to Mars!

  4. Debra

    I loved the family photo! Under a gooseberry bush sounds more interesting than under the cabbage patch! We never grew any cabbage! The jam sounds so delicious! 🙂 Debra

  5. Grannymar Post author

    Debra – The laugh is that we had a couple of gooseberry bushes at the end of our garden when we were children. They were removed after my sister, the baby of the family was born!


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