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Topic: Mountain Ash (Rowan) Berry Jam - Anyone tried it?  (Read 537 times)
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« on: July 30, 2013 08:09:01 PM »

We have a large mountain ash tree in our yard. It's lovely and the berries are so bright and red but unfortunately, the tree has to go to make room for a deck.

Before the tree meets it's demise, I wanted to attempt to make jam from the berries for us and for our neighbors.

I've found a few recipes but I'm curious if anyone has tried this jam or jelly before. I understand it might be somewhat common in the UK but I've never tasted it. Many of the recipes and reviews suggest that it's pretty bitter and not very good Smiley.



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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2013 04:36:35 AM »

Have you tried the berries raw yet?  Try freezing them to see if it changes the taste.  Maybe if you make a jelly, which only uses the juice, it will turn out less bitter.  I say go for it!
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2013 06:59:44 AM »

I have them in the freezer now because I did read that it sweetens them up a bit. I've also found recipes that add apples to sweeten it up a bit.

I've never made jam or jelly before. The recipe for the jelly seemed a little trickier. Am I right about that or are both about the same amount of work/equipment?

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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2013 07:13:12 AM »

In my experience, the only thing additional for jelly is cheesecloth for straining the juice, which sometimes takes overnight.  I would look for Pomona pectin.  It's magic.  I've found it at Whole Foods and a few specialty stores.  I made jams/jellies for years with just my kitchen equipment on hand, you shouldn't have to buy a thing. 
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