Making Jam and Jellies, How Do I Test If It Will Set or Is Ready?

Posted: October 8, 2015 in Backyard Farming, DIY Gardening / Home Projects, Recipes & Preserving
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This month as you may have noted in previous posts, I will be posting instructions on various jam, jellies and chutney recipes especially for those of us who either have some fruit trees etc. or if you know someone who does/ or you are a food forager!

Some of you may be new to Jam / Jelly Making,  so here is an important question we will all have:

How do I know if the Jam / Jelly is ready for jarring? I don’t have a candy thermometer!

There is a very simple method and you certainly do not need a candy thermometer!! simply take a teaspoon full of your produce once you have completed all of the steps in the recipe, drip it onto a cool plate and let stand for 2-3 minutes, then tilt the plate and if the result is not runny and you can draw your finger through the little puddle, well you will feel the consistency and weather it resembles how you know jam to be in thickness. See Below:

How To Test Jam / Jelly if it is ready / Se

How To Test Jam / Jelly if it is ready / Set

See the previous post (Click Here) on making Wild Damson Jam from foraged fruit !

  1. […] dissolved. Bring to the boil and boil rapidly for about 10 minutes until the jam sets when tested (Click Here to learn how to test if it’s ready). Remove the stones as they rise to the surface. Remove the scum, Pot and seal while still […]


  2. […] Step 5: When there is an obvious change in the density of the liquid (becomes runny / watery) you can start boiling the water in the small pot / pan and switch your oven on to a high temperature (150 Degrees Celsius) to start sanitizing your jars and their lids. After your Jam-to-be has boiled nicely for around 30minutes to an hour since adding in the other ingredients, you are looking to have a temperature of around 105 Degrees Celsius before you switch off the heat and start filling your jars, there is a Simple Method to check if it is the right temperature without needing to obtain a Candy Thermometer, just do the Cold Plate Test. […]


  3. […] Boil on high heat until you reach the setting point (Click here to find out how to find your setting point in jam making), […]


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