Matamata Chronicle - - Gardening -

Make small batches of jam and dec­o­rate the jars for a handy sup­ply of standby gifts for un­ex­pected guests. Bring 1kg of cher­ries, straw­ber­ries or rasp­ber­ries to the boil – add a lit­tle wa­ter to stop them stick­ing – then add 1kg of jam-set­ting sugar (avail­able in su­per­mar­kets). Stir un­til the sugar has dis­solved, then boil hard for 5 min­utes. Take off the heat, stir in 1 ta­ble­spoon of brandy, berry vodka or kirsch (this in­ten­si­fies the flavour), then pour into warm, clean jars and seal.

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