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Slow Cooker Fail!

In last week’s #makedoandmendhour, there was a thread all about alternative jam making methods, including using a slow cooker. I was intrigued by this, and ran off to Google it. And found some recipes for slow cooker strawberry jam.
Now, I wanted to make gooseberry jam, as the gooseberry bush from mum and dad’s old allotment is now in pride of place in our front garden. But I was undeterred at not being able to find a specific recipe, and just followed the recipe that I used last year, but chucked it all in the slow cooker instead…

I put it all in about 12.30pm. Turned the heat to low, while the jam dissolved and waited with much excitement.
And waited.
Slow cooker jam2About 3 hours later, the sugar had finally dissolved, and I turned the heat up to HIGH, and waited.
And waited.
Slow cooker jam3
About 9pm, it was still looking like very runny gooseberry compote, and I was a bit worried about leaving it  on all night.
So I turned it off, and went to bed.

In the morning, the jam fairies hadn’t been in, and it was still looking very un-jam like.
So I gave up, and decanted it all into the preserving pan, turned on the heat. And waited.
Slow cooker jam5

After about an hour of a ‘rolling boil’ and then juice of 2 lemons later, it finally started to wrinkle!

Slow cooker jam9

So a fail for the slow cooker, but at least I managed to rescue it, and got 7 jars of yummy gooseberry jam.

Anyone else had any success with Slow Cooker Jam?


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  • Reply sandyfaithking July 19, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Haha! Is it true that you need a maslin pan to make jam or will a large saucepan do? I managed to break my blender this week pulverising oats. I wasn’t too sad, though, as it was a second-hand blender from when we cleared out my in-laws’ house so goodness knows how old it was. Also, I was waiting for it to go so that I could justify buying a new food processor, which I bought yesterday and have fallen in love with already. It does *everything*. I think it might even take me to the moon if I figured out the right attachment.

    • Reply Jen July 19, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      I think a large saucepan would be fine. My understanding is that a masin pan just helps the liquid to evaporate quicker, as it as wide top? Not sure if this is true!
      Your food processor sounds fab 🙂

  • Reply Vivienne Downes July 18, 2014 at 5:58 am

    I made gooseberry jam last year & it was delicious ! I do think gooseberries are particularly stubborn so need a higher temperature than you can achieve in a slow cooker for them but maybe softer fruit is worth a try ?

    • Reply Jen July 18, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      I might try with strawberries if we manage to get any from the PYO!

  • Reply lindaswildlifegarden July 17, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Awesome post thanks for sharing Jen

  • Reply lindaswildlifegarden July 17, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Hi Jen I heard of onion marmalade being made in one was twitter and blog friend but i read so many can not rember who it is I afraid

    • Reply Jen July 18, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      No problem, thankyou!

  • Reply Becky A July 17, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    I haven’t tried it and all my instincts say no – I doubt the temp gets high enough and keeping the lid on means keeping the moisture in and I always though some was supposed to escape to get it to reduce?

    • Reply Jen July 18, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      I think you might be right Becky…!

  • Reply Mary Dawson July 17, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Hi, I tried making apple butter in my slow cooker last year and not only was the apple butter a failure I also ruined the slow cooker!

    • Reply Jen July 18, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      Oh no, not good!

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