Carlson's most favorite delicacy is fragrant jam! Who does not like winter evening pamper yourself with a tea with a portion of delicious dessert? Lemon jam (with the peel or with the addition of other fruits) has not only an interesting and pleasant taste, but also strengthens the immune system. Let's see what is its use and how to prepare a lemon treat.
The invaluable benefits of citrus
The main keepers of vitamin C are, of course, citrus! They are a natural remedy for raising and strengthening immunity. One of the most popular types of this family is lemon, which is considered to be a real source of antioxidant substances!
Few people know, but you can also make a winter delicacy from lemon, which will surprise the guests with a pleasant and unusual taste, and the household will be pleased with bright colors and will decorate any holiday table. Lemon jam with the peel, cooked according to certain rules, has the following useful properties:
- It protects against various viral diseases (for example, from the flu during the autumn-winter periods).
- It helps cleanse the body of toxins, in particular, reduces the level of cholesterol due to the presence of pectin and special fiber in the composition of the lemon.
- With regular use prevents the development of diseases of the cardiovascular system and reduces the risk of cancer.
- Strengthens the immune system, struggling with vitamin deficiency, replenishing all stocks of necessary vitamins.
How to choose the right lemons?
It is necessary to carefully choose the fruit in order to get a tender and tasty lemon jam (with or without the peel is not important). The main criteria for the selection of citrus - it is their flavor and juiciness. Lemons for cooking jam should be fragrant and sweet. How to define it? Very simple: they can be distinguished by their bright yellow color and smooth skin. These qualities suggest that the fruit is ripe. Ripe lemons make an aromatic treat that can be combined with other fillings.
Lemon jam with peel: recipe
There is a huge number of different ways of making jam, because each housewife has a proprietary recipe, obtained through numerous trials and experiments. The simplest version of the treat, which does not require much effort, is lemon jam and peel without cooking. With this method of cooking in a lemon all the useful trace elements are saved, because they do not undergo heat treatment.
The recipe is to prepare the fruit and rubbing it with sugar. The first thing you need to wash lemons, cut into large slices and skip them through a meat grinder. Then add sugar and mix thoroughly. The resulting mixture is placed in sterile jars and placed in a cool room. This recipe can be varied by adding additional ingredients.
Lemon and Ginger Jam
For the next jam will need: lemon - 2 large fruit, lime - 1 pc. ginger - 80-100 g, pumpkin - 150 g, honey or sugar - 100 g. If you choose the method without cooking, then this lemon jam with skin will be more saturated and useful.
Step 1. Place the lemons and lime in a container, pour boiling water over it and leave it for 2 minutes to remove excess bitterness.
Step 2. Peel the ginger and pumpkin, finely chop it (if desired, you can skip it with a grater or chop it with a blender).
Step 3. Cut the citrus fruits into medium pieces and get rid of the bones, then pass through a meat grinder.
Step 4. Mix all the ingredients, add honey and mix well. Billet to move in jars and store in the refrigerator.
About 800 g of flavored and healthy delicacy is obtained from such a quantity of products. Treats can be served with pancakes or pancakes.
How to cook lemon jam with peel?
The following method of cooking will come down for blanks of lemon jam, marmalade or even jam. The main advantage of the heat treatment of fruits or berries is that the finished dish is stored much longer, and in taste it is not inferior to those jams that have not been cooked.
So, in the preparation of lemon delicacy with the peel, the most important thing is to get rid of the sour bitterness that is found in the fruit of the lemon. This is not so difficult to do, it is only necessary to cut the fruit into several slices, clean the seeds and soak them in salted water for 1 day. During this time, the water will have time to absorb all the unwanted enzymes, so that you get a sweet jam of lemons with peel. It is much more convenient to skip the slices through a meat grinder than to cut them with a blender, so we advise you to follow this recommendation. So, the phased recipe:
Step 1. Clean the peeled lemon slices, then skip the skins and the pulp through the meat grinder separately.
Tip: in order to avoid unwanted chemicals in the body, we recommend washing the lemons thoroughly with soda solution, because it is not known how the fruit was waxed (it is now practiced everywhere to make the fruit look beautiful).
Step 2. Mix the ingredients thoroughly in the same container, using a kitchen scale, measure the mass of the resulting mixture. Then add sugar, mass equal to the mass of crushed lemon.
Step 3. Put in a saucepan with a thick bottom and cook on low heat until jam thickens.
Step 4. Next, follow the time-tested method: lay the still-cold jam on sterilized jars, roll them up and put them under the covers, turning the jars upside down. When the blanks have cooled, they can be moved to a cool place.
Peanut Lemon Jam
Despite the rich and rather unusual taste of lemon jam, not everyone likes it: many people are confused by notes of bitterness. However, this can be helped by preparing a jam of lemons without peel. The recipe will allow you to get a very delicate and mild-tasting delicacy.
Step 1. Cut off the peel of the lemons using a peeler. Tip: if you do not have this device, you should try to do it on a grater with a small nozzle.
Step 2. Cut the peeled lemons into slices, get rid of the seeds and soak them in warm water for half an hour.
Step 3. While lemons are infused, prepare the sugar syrup. In a saucepan, mix sugar and some water, turn on the stove and cook over the medium heat with a syrup until a liquid consistency is obtained.
Step 4. Pour lemon slices into a boiling pot and cook for 15 minutes. Then remove from heat, let cool, and then cook for 10 minutes. Ready jam pour in jars, roll up and put in a cool place.
It turns out very sweet jam, which is ideally combined with crackers or cookies.
Lemon Jam Varieties
Lemon is a very versatile fruit that has won worldwide love. It is used as a marinade for meat, fish and seafood sauce, as well as for a variety of desserts.
Lemon jam can be cooked with a variety of fruits and berries. Perhaps the most delicious combinations are obtained by adding ripe persimmon, sweet quince, fragrant mint or spicy ginger. Product proportions should be based on personal preference.
No matter how you prepare lemon jam, it will become a real decoration of the winter table, provide vitamins and will please your whole family with a pleasant and original taste!