I Made This – Chilli Jam
February 12, 2012
I Made This is a new Fresh Cooking Project that I aim to write each month (pending volunteers!).
You can tell your friends I Made This.
I Made This is a session where I help a reader to make something that they would normally buy at a store. It is a recipe chosen by the reader. It may be a childhood recipe memory or something they do not know how to make, or something they had no motivation to make previously.
Louisa is one of my beautiful Melbourne readers who volunteered to participate in the first session. She chose to make Chilli Jam.
We met up at Louisa’s apartment on Saturday morning for our cooking session. This is the recipe we made.
The pan that you use has an impact on cooking time. Louisa had a lovely wide based pan. Mine was not so wide so the cooking time was a little longer
Ensure that the spices are well stirred at the start of the cooking process so that they do not stick and burn on the bottom of the pan over the long cooking time
The cost of making the amount of Chilli Jam in the recipe was $12.00 -almost the same cost as the purchased product. Some of the ingredients such as the spice and vinegar can be used in multiple batches.
Over the weekend I also made a batch of this recipe and I doubled the ingredients. The cost of the ingredients was $24.65. This reduced the cost to $2 per 100 ml of Chilli Jam. From this spend there was plenty of celery seed, and vinegar to re-use. We had home grown garlic and chilli that we used so there was no cost associated with those items. As tomatoes are in season the cost was a low per kilo charge. The overall costs quoted above are based on ingredient costs only and are variable.
Note – When doubling the ingredients the cook time should be increased also. With double the ingredients the yield was much greater – 1.25 litres of Chilli Jam
For detailed information on sterilizing jars for storage of Preserves review the USD Complete Guide to Home Canning (Guide 01).
**It is important that you ensure you use safe food preparation and storage techniques when preserving. You can find detailed information via the link to the USD Complete Guide to Home Canning.
Louisa’s home made version of Chilli Jam is:
“It does not require a lot of effort to make something tasty and professional looking in your own kitchen”
2. What was the one thing that surprised you today?
“How good it tasted”
3. Will you make it again?
Louisa is already planning to participate again to make a winter warming recipe. Only in Melbourne can your mind wander to winter food in Summer 🙂
I had a great day cooking with Louisa. Thank you Louisa for participating and inviting me into your kitchen.
I would love to hear from you in the Comments section below if there is a dish that you have always wanted to make.
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