Friday, August 21, 2009

Kiwi Gooseberry Jam

A reader asked me if I had a recipe for kiwi-gooseberry jam. Honestly the answer is, "no." None of my books had such a recipe and I had never thought of that combination on my own. However I figured I could come up with such a recipe.

I figured that I should test it first and make sure it sets. The problem is that my gooseberry picking is pretty much over for the year. I decided to buy some canned gooseberries at the grocery store, and rinse the syrup off. This may not be exactly the same as using fresh berries, but I hope it is a close enough approximation to use for a test batch.

It definitely did set. In fact it was almost too firm for spreading. I think that next time I try it I will either try using a little less sugar or a little more fruit to see if I can get a slightly softer jam.

In any case, it was a very good combination of fruits. I am glad that it was suggested to me, because I don't think I ever would have thought of that combination myself.

For now, I will print the recipe as I made it, but next year when I have fresh gooseberries, I think I will try improving it a little.

Kiwi Gooseberry Jam

4 kiwi, peeled cut into bite size pieces and gently crushed
2 cups gooseberries, crushed
1 package powdered pectin
7 cups sugar

Combine fruit and pectin. Bring to boil over high heat. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Bring to a rolling boil. Boil for one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam, if necessary. Fill hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Add lids and process 10 minutes in a water bath.

High altitude instructions
1,001 - 3,000 feet : increase processing time by 5 minutes
3,001 - 6,000 feet : increase processing time by 10 minutes
6,001 - 8,000 feet : increase processing time by 15 minutes
8,001 - 10,000 feet : increase processing time by 20 minutes


  1. This sounds really good. I may try to make some this weekend. I need to make more jelly my hubby has already eaten all of the blueberry!

  2. Wow! Anna and I love that pioneering spirit you have in the kitchen! You really must write that first canning e-book! ;0) You willingness to experiment encourages Anna and me!

    Thank you for answering Anna's question on the green beans. She canned 16 quarts using her pressure canner for the first time!

  3. In our state, gooseberries are a banned fruit (really, because they cause a blight on our pine trees, I think, maybe it's birch...) I would love to try this some day in my travels...

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