Grape & Ginger Jam

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24.1.13

Grape & Ginger Jam

 

I have been thinking a lot about how much time I spend in front the computer, on my phone, tablet etc etc and I am not particularly happy about it. Of course I am most of the time doing my blog work or reading/learning lots of wonderful stuff online but while at it I also just ‘wander off’ into several links and from there to more links… it just never ends. I know this is not just me. We all are hooked to our gadgets these days. My day starts and ends with my phone or laptop and I am not proud of it. I have decided that I need to do something to change this.

Also… apart form reducing the computer time, I also want to just slow down myself a little more. I know it might sound strange to many of you. Today, when most women are juggling work, home, babies, hobbies and many more things, you might wonder why I would want to slow down my ‘already slow’ life! But I have realized that I am just not the best person to play the modern day ‘super woman’ role doing the perfect balance act.

I think some of you already know that we are choosing not to send our 4 year old daughter to school (not in the near future at least!). Being and growing with her, exploring and enjoying everything that comes my way, is the life I am choosing for myself. I have no doubt that only she is my priority right now. To match the enthusiasm of a super active 4 year old, to live up to her and to parent her with a certain philosophy that we intend to, I just need to keep myself as calm and energetic as possible.

 

Bangalore Blue grapes

 

I have been posting at least 2 recipes a week here but I am going to reduce that from now on. All you fellow bloggers reading this know exactly how much work and time goes into every blog post. I have realized that to be able to spend more quality time with myself, I need to spend less time blogging. I have tried this earlier and I haven’t been completely successful. I get way too exited about the food I cook and can’t resist sharing it with you all but unfortunately I might have to hold myself back. I know you all will understand and respect my thoughts.

That kind of explains why I haven’t posted anything here for almost a week this time. Of course I have been cooking and baking a ton but I consciously stayed away from blogging it. I have been on a major preserving mode! For the first time ever I have frozen my own peas, other local varieties of beans, some strawberries and grapes! You know how much time shelling several kilos of beans takes right? My daughter has been in love with ‘pink milk’ (as she calls it) which is basically milk with a splash of strawberry syrup. So I made lots of strawberry jam so that I can stir it with milk and give it to her whenever she asks for it. I followed this beautiful recipe by Revati and it turned out great! While I was at it, I thought i’ll make a few more bottles of grape jam thinking I might be able to get through a few months without buying any jams from outside.

 

Grape & Ginger Jam

 

Today I am sharing the recipe of my last batch of Jam which is this gorgeous maroon ‘Grape and Ginger Jam’. I have made this jam with a local variety of grapes called ‘Bangalore Blue’! What an appropriate name for this black grape variety which looks sometimes blue and sometimes maroon but always tastes just wonderful! Bangalore Blue Grapes are juicy fruits full of seeds with thick black skin. They have a unique tart and sweet taste which makes my mouth water!

While I can eat several kilos of these fruits all by myself my husband finds them way too sour. The only way he likes this fruit is in a super sweet juice that his mom makes. For the juice you boil fresh grapes with sugar and a bit of ginger till the fruits disintegrate. Then remove the skin and the seeds and your pulpy grape juice is ready!

 

Grape & Ginger Jam

 

I made this ‘Grape & Ginger Jam’ inspired by the juice recipe and it was brilliant! I am very happy with the texture of the jam. It’s really thick, sticky and has a beautiful maroon color. This recipe results in a jam which is quite tangy instead of being overly sweet. I am not a fan of jams in which you can only taste sugar.

Apart from serving this jam with your morning toast, you can also use is in cakes, cookies and other bakes. Have a dollop of this sweet and tangy jam with a blow of homemade yogurt for breakfast or aa a snack. I actually eat it even for dessert. I am looking forward to adding a little bit of this to my smoothies for a lovely tang and of course the deep maroon color.

Between a few bottle of this jam and a few bottles of strawberry jam I am clearly a happy girl.

 

Grape & Ginger Jam

 

Notes:

Do not skip the ginger. It adds a beautiful new dimension to the flavor.

I have made this jam only with Bangalore Blue grapes so I don’t know if this recipe will work with any other variety.

Unfortunately I never get organic grapes. Please wash you grapes very well in warm water in 2-3 times, soak it in salt water for about 15 to 12 minutes to ged rid of all the pesticide sediments on the surface of the fruits.

While making the jam, you can use the remaining skin to make a grape juice. Just simply combine it with water and stir to get all the remaining juices out of it, strain and serve.

I have no idea for how long I can store this jam. I am currently refrigerating it to be on the safer side but then again I am not too sure if it’ll last for more than a couple of months anyway.

Do not be tempted to make this in large batches. The jam thickens because of the natural pectin present in the fruits and if you use a large quality it’ll not set.

I have made the same jam using unrefined cane sugar. It’s not the same as white sugar but still works good.

I know this jam has quite a lot of white sugar in it  and I usually avoid sugar in my recipes. I went ahead with jam making mainly because it’s still better to make it at home than buying as at least I know what goes in it.

I found this great jam recipe using honey instead of sugar. I will definitely try it next time. I am not sure it’ll work with Bangalore Blue Grapes as they are quite sour but It might work with other sweeter fruits.

 

Grape & Ginger Jam

 

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups of cleaned grapes
  • 3 cups of white sugar
  • 2 inch piece of fresh ginger

Clean and wash your grapes well. Combine the grapes, crushed ginger and sugar in a thick bottomed vessel and slowly bring it to a boil till the sugar completely dissolves. Reduce the flame and let it simmer for 8 to 10 minutes til the fruits start to disintegrate. Turn off the flame and let the mixture cool down a little.

Sieve the mixture to get rid of all the seeds and the skin. Press as much of the pulp of the fruits as possible with the back of your spoon to get all the juices of of the fruit.

Place the thick fruit juice/pulp back on the stove and let it simmer slowly. I simmered mine for more than 30 minutes to get to the desired consistency. You can stop when you think your jam is thick enough. Remember it’ll thicken further as it cools.

Store it in an airtight bottle.

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    How do I subscribe to this blog? It’s great!

  • natarsha

    How many jars does this make? and what size are your jars please.

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  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Good for you! I doubt any of us will ever look back and wish we had spent more time online, we need to strike a good balance.

  • rajani

    Totally with you on time spent at the PC. I do not feel so good about my time at the computer too and have been aiming at 2 blog posts a month to keep it at a sane level.
    Grape and ginger sounds liks a really exciting combination. Need to use up some 5 kg of grapes – so this is surely on my to-do list. Thanks For the recipe.

  • deepika Garg

    aBSOLUTELY GORGEOUS LOOKING…!! grapes are in season and was thinking what to do with 1 kg grapes gifted by somebody when your this recipe came along …..definetly going to make it..!!.

  • Radhika @ Just Homemade

    Chin,
    Think I have a similar confession to make, if it makes you feel any better.
    I don’t post as often as most other bloggers do, yet I am guilty to the fact that I spend enough time in front of the computer than I would like to.
    It is an important decision that you have made and is in the right direction for a blog and life balance, to make it more sustainable in the long run. So don’t beat yourself up on this..
    Your grape jam and the deep purple are gorgeous!

  • Rose from Magpies Recipes

    So beautiful Chinmayie! I love that colour. Am addicted to jam making and had been eagerly waiting for spring but since grapes are pretty much available all year round, I should definitely try grape jam!

  • Vijitha Shyam

    That looks like a fun recipe to try! My son loves his toast. He loves peanut butter and grape jelly. I will try your version soon.Looks so gooey delicious!

  • Swati Sapna

    Hey Chinmayie! the jam looks gorgeous! I have never heard of a ginger-grape combination. sounds great!

    i can totally understand ur need to slow down. I think all our lives today start and end with our smartphones, tabs, laptops… so definitely we shd take time out for doing different things or even not doing anything,, not checking ur phone constantly! In the midst of my busy media career even I took a year off just to do nothing. And believe me, I’m a much happier person today back at work :) Blogging in fact started off as a way to do something other than work, and today I do so much more that my poor blog sees very little action :) so all the very best…

  • Shoba Shrinivasan

    Hi,

    what lovely pics. I specially loved the first one its priceless! I almost always make my own jam at home. It could be with whatever fruits i get depending on teh seasons!!! I have added ginger to my grape jam. it gives a full rounded taste and ad added zing!

    Shobha

    Shobha

  • Arthy Suman

    How delicious…I can imagine how this would have tasted…

  • Sandee

    Gorgeous! Looks delish… I love that the recipe calls for only three ingredients. Will miss reading recipes on your blog more often, cherish your time with your little girl! Congratulations on your decision to homeschool her :)

  • Veena

    love the color! adding ginger is great idea…
    http://great-secret-of-life.blogspot.com

  • Sanjeeta kk

    I can assure you that Your fan following will never reduce, No matter how much time you decide to dedicate to your blog, Chin. I feel (serious)Blogging is highly time consuming activity and also require love and tender care like a baby. Am sure both you and your blog will be benefited with your decision. cheers and hugs.

  • dassana

    its important to spend time with oneself. so just enjoy the time with yourself. i am also into homemade jams and would love to give this a try.

  • Sia | Monsoon Spice

    The beauty of having our own blog is that we can blog at our own pace; no pressure! After all it is part of our life and not our life. I like your approach to blogging; Enjoy your time with your lil one and blog as and when you feel like. I know it is not easy to stay away from our gadgets but it is not impossible too. This year I too am making few changes in my life and I am hoping that I am taking the right decision.

    coming to the recipe part, I am bowled by this ingenious idea of making grape jam with ginger. i can very well imagine the tart taste of those grapes with a hint of heat from ginger! heaven… I LOVE that first pic of jam; right consistency and beautiful texture. another lovely recipe from you, Chins!

  • Mallika

    Adding ginger seems a fab idea. I love that deep purplish pink color of this jam. Beautiful!

  • kankana

    Love the addition of ginger in it. Since I cannot enjoy overly sweet jam, I always make mine at home. Never tried with grapes though and my husband’s fav fruit is grape. I will try this.

  • Harini

    You are giving me ideas now, Chinmayie! This looks so delicious, and I love the addition of ginger.

    P.S: i am not able to type any capital letters. Why is that?

  • Revati

    Such a beautiful thick spreadable consistency! if nothing else but that gorgeous deep maroon and the idea of ginger in jam, I want to try this out..but I wonder if the blue grapes we get here are the same as in Bangalore :S
    LOVELY pictures Chinmayie. Make everything so tempting.

  • MsXpat

    SOunds good looks sexy perfect for Valentine’s b’fast :0)

  • Hannah

    Enjoy time with yourself, Chinmayie, and savor these moments with your daughter. The time goes quickly (my oldest will be going to college in the fall) and there is so much to cherish. Have fun cooking and I look forward to whenever you feel like sharing. This grape jam is stunning and sounds quite delicious!

  • Shruti

    the photos are so good. It makes me crave jam with fresh bread!

  • Charul @ Tadka Masala

    Yumm! love the color of this jam. :)

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