Monday, August 23, 2010

Dragon Fruit Jam & Lemon Marmalade Jam

Jam is something that I really wanted to put my hands on since the beginning but most of the recipes need to have pectin powder which I can't even find it here. Well, that was my last year story! Thank goodness that we can actually make our own natural pectin! At last.... at last.....
So, here comes my babies.
Ingredients for Lemon Marmalade :
5 cups lemon, thinly sliced (equal to 7 lemons)
4-1/2 cups sugar
5 cups water
*a chilled plate and 4 empty jars
Method :
- before slicing the lemon, cut off both ends, remove seeds and inner pith completely.
- tie up the unused lemon parts in a cheese cloth and set aside to use it to make pectin later on.
- then soak sliced lemon for 6 hours or overnight.
- boil the lemon once it's ready with the unused lemon parts for about 1/2 hour or untill soft.
- remove the cheese cloth and try to squeeze out the natural pectin from there.
- now, add in sugar and keep boiling for another 1/2 hour or untill became a little thickened.

- test the jelly by placing a teaspoon of the hot jelly on a chilled plate.
- if the jelly holds its shape a bit, like an egg then its ready.
- off the heat, pour the jelly out into jars and sealed.
To prepare jars : You can either bake them in the oven at 200'c for about 5-10 mins and then leave aside for cooling. Or boiling them in a pot of water, drain & dry up fast and then leave aside to cool slowly.
To seal the jars : quickly put on the lids once finished filling in the jam. Then over turn the jar and leave cool completely upside down.
Do you know that lemon marmalade is actually much yummier than orange marmalade? And its quite affordable too! I only spent RM$7.00 on the fresh lemons and about RM$2.50 on sugar. And I got all together 4 jars of lemon marmalade jam.
Ingredients for Dragon Fruit Jam :
1 kg dragon fruits, cubed
400gm sugar
1 lemon, quartered (squeeze out the juice)
1/3 cup water
* a chilled plate and 2 empty jars.

Method :
- combine dragon fruit, lemon juice, lemon skin and water into a non-stick pot.
- simmer over medium heat untill the fruit became soft & juicy.
- add in sugar and leave to boil by increasing the heat.
- in the other hand, try to press on the lemon skin for the pectin.
- keep stirring the mixture constantly untill thickened.
- again place a teaspoon of the hot jelly to a chilled plate to test if it is ready for canning.
- finally, off the heat and pour out the jelly into jars.
Don't you think this dragon fruit jam looks very much like raspberry or strawberry jam? Frankly, dragon fruit itself is actually quite light in flavour unlike other fruits. But it tastes completely different with the addition of lemon. It gives you a very special mingled flavour between the two.
I'm going to surprise my mom with these jams! Sent out three jars this morning by fast post. Hopefully, she will call me up by tomorrow morning! hehe.... By the way, I wonder if Malaysia can produce this kind of jam as one of our local product!


Belinda @zomppa said...

I've never had either and I did not know it's yummier than orange but I believe you. Lemon is happy.

Jess @ Bakericious said...

Kristy, I love the color of red pitaya fruit jam, looks so beautiful! the jam is just nice for the coating of my red pitaya mousse cake, how nice if you can make earlier, I will ask you for some :P

Little Inbox said...

Love the bloody red color of dragon fruit. First time seeing it in jam. So far, I just tried on strawberry jam.

Anncoo said...

WOW! Do you want to sell those lovely jams and fast post to me?

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

Woah, you're into jam making frenzy eh??? Two jams in a shot!!
BTW, they both look good.

I truly agree on dragon fruit being very light in flavour but once lemon is added, it tells a different story. I made dragonfruit jelly with lemon juice and it's really yummy compared to plain dragonfruit jelly.

alison said...

looks so beautiful,kristy,my mouth watering!dragon fruit is very,very expansive here,i have never ate ...

tasteofbeirut said...

These jams look so beautiful; I have always wanted to try dragon fruit too!

ICook4Fun said...

Oh wow, i just love the vibrant color of the red dragon fruit jam. Too bad we can only get white dragon fruits here and also way too expensive :(

Cooking Gallery said...

Your jams look fantastic, especially the one made of dragon fruit, looks super good!

reanaclaire said...

Serious...Kristy, can they be for sale?

Jessie Hearty Bakes said...

Nothing beats home made jams! Love the colour for dragon fruit and lemon Marmalade will be in my must do list. Thanks for sharing!

Sanjeeta kk said...

Excellent post, good that I came here. Very informative and easy way to make Jams and marmalade. Thanks for sharing, best wishes.

Kumi said...

Thanks for sharing this. I love lemon, so I'll definitely try making some. :)

Cheah said...

Kristy, can I place an order for these? Courier over!

cleffairy said...

*sigh* I used to make jams too, but not anymore. I find them rather... time consuming. :(

Heavenly Housewife said...

My goodness, you even make your own jam? You are putting me to shame daahling!
*kisses* HH

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Oh what a lovely project.

I want to make this- it is on my list!

Jeannie said...

Wow! you are one amazing lady...both the jams looks very good! Wouldnt having some on my bread.

cheapappetite said...

those jam looks amazing kristy. I wish I could try some dragon fruit jam. yum!

penny aka jeroxie said...

More ideas for my lemon tree! YAY!

Hayley said...

Wow, dragon fruit jam? never thought of that! Wanna try it too! Mind sending some to me? :P

My Little Space said...

Belinda : You're right! ^_^

Jess : I think you're really crazy for anything with pitaya! hehe....

LittleInbox : Thanks alot. Hope you will like it too.

Ann : Haha... are you kidding!

Wendy : I was so curious about this jam making project. Finally, I did it! Yeah, really happy about it.

Alison : Well, you see fresh berries are very expensive here too. Or maybe we should do some food exchange projects! Or is it working? haha....

tasteofbeirut : Thanks alot! Hope you will like it too. Have fun!

Icook4fun : Yeah, I know! So just forget it! hehe....

Cooking Gallery : Thank you very much!

Claire : Errrr... Nope, sorry! hehe.... But I will think about it! hahaha....

Jessie : Welcome to my little space and hope to hear from you more often. Have fun with the jam!

Thanks everyone for visiting and glad that you're liking the jam so much. Hope you're all enjoying your day and have lots of fun.

Cheers, kristy

My Little Space said...

Sanjeeta : Welcome to my humble little space and nice of meeting you. Hope to hear from you more often.

Kumi : Thanks. Have fun!

Cheah : Haha.... No problem!

Cleffairy : Hi there, welcome to my little space. Hope you're enjoying your time here. Love to hear from you more often.

HH : Don't be! Cause you're making great macaroons too. Don't forget that!

Ren : Thanks alot and hope you will have fun with it.

Jeannie : Thanks for your nice words! Am really appreciate it!

Tana : Thank you so much!

Penny : Then your lemon must better grow fast! hehe...

Hayley : Have fun!

Thanks everyone for spending your time here with me today. Hope you're having a fabulous time.

Cheers, kristy

MaryMoh said...

Kristy, are you into making jam for sale??? :D They look perfect. I wonder how does the dragon fruit jam taste like but I really like the lemon marmalade jam. I'm sure these would go great with ice cream, too....mmm

Von said...

Wow! I've never made jam before....
I've never been a huge fan of jam so I wasn't really keen on putting all the effort into making it =] But you jams looks delicious! And it actually looks easier than the few recipes I've seen in the past......I guess I'll have to try it then!

denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

Kristy - I LOVE the colour of the dragon fruit jam!! I make my own jam too, but NEVER would have thought to use dragon fruit. Genius!!!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

What gorgeous jams. You mom will be thrilled.

My mom made blackberry jelly when I was growing up. I don't can and don't know how, but you've sure recalled some wonderful memories for me this morning.

alwayswinner786 said...

Kristy why not send two jars for me!
You are making wonders with colors and taste! Dragon fruit jam...... I am running short of words dear! waiting .........

A gift for you in my blog take some time to visit!

Love Always.

Bob said...

Homemade jam is the bomb. Yours looks fantastic!

Anna said...

Dragon fruit looks amazing, such beautiful color. Mast be delicious the jam.

MacKenzie said...

I have never made jam before, but your recipes make it look so easy. I gotta try 'em all.

Off to the farmer's market tomorrow for fresh fruit :)

Nice work Kristy!

smallkucing said...

i never made jam b4. Saw your jam so nice. The other day, Peteformation blog also have jam.

Claudia said...

They are so beautifully jewel like. Edible jewels. Wish I could get dragonfruit here.

elra said...

Never had dragon fruit, but the color draw me in. Must be delicious.

I made roti chennai, it was out of the world. Finish in in second. Husband and son, loved it so much. Lots of work, but good. Terima kasih adikku.

Angie's Recipes said...

Your dragon fruit jam is very unique! I don't like dragon fruit (they look for sure pretty, but rather bland in taste; perfect to make a fruit basket with them), but a jam made with dragon fruit is another case.

pigpigscorner said...

oh , never knew you could make your own pectin!

Foodessa said...

Kristy...what a thoughtful daughter you are for thinking of sending over both these delectable sounding jams to you Mommy. Love the dragonfruit one...very interesting indeed ;o)

Ciao for now and flavourful wishes,

Reeni said...

What luscious jams Kristy! Your Mom will love them. And she's so lucky too!

Fimère said...

ton fruit jam dragon est surprenant, j'adore
la marmelade au citron me séduit beaucoup, tu es la reine ma chère kristy
bisou et bonne soirée

Peanutts said...

I dont eat jam that often but that dragon fruit jam looks really tempting. You should try selling it, its sure to be a big seller

The Sudden Cook said...

Wow! The dragon fruit jam does look alot like strawberry jam. BTW I think you can find it here in Malaysia - but not sure where...

5 Star Foodie said...

Both the lemon marmalade and the dragon fruit jam look outstanding, very unique!

My Little Space said...

MaryMoh : No-lah! Just wanted to try out. See, how's lemon marmalade & dragon fruit jam are all about!

Von : No worries! They're very easy to make.

Denise : Yeah, I love the colour too! Very eye catching, right!

Sam : Thank you. Yes, my mom loves them both very much.

Alwayswinner : Thanks alot, dear! I'll h op over after this.

Bob : Thank you very much!

Anna : Thanks alot!

Mac : All the best!

smallkucing : I'll hop over to check out his blog later. Thanks!

Claudia : Yes, they are! Thanks.

Elra : Glad that your family like the roti too. So, the roti end up on your face or not? haha....

Angie : I know it's not easy to get this over in Germany, right!

Pigpigcorner : Yeap, we can!

Claudia : My mom was surprised when she received the package. haha...

Reeni : Thank you!

Fimere : merci, glad that you like it too.

Peanutts : Haha... thank you! Will think about that!

The Sudden Cook : Thanks! I actually found the link to the jam producer.

Natasha : Thank you! Glad that you like them too.

Thanks everyone for visiting and spending your time with me. Hope you're all having a fabulous day.

Cheers, kristy

jelena said...

Beautiful jams, dragon fruit I never tasted it but it looks so exotic, lemon jam fantastic. Not many people make it . I don't know why since everyone goes crazy at the taste of anything with lemon.

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Sassy Chef said...

I didn't know you can make jams out of dragon fruit. I actually don't like it's taste. But yours look so yummy! =p


My Sassy Chef

Shirley said...

I have always been intrigued with the dragon fruit. Simply gorgeous!
Would love to taste it someday and more so your jam.

elra said...

about that dough, I've tried, but then I got frustrated, it was not that easy, and it was impossible to do it. So, I just pressed, stretched and pulled. It worked, and the dough was very elastic. thx dear, I made it again last night to serve with dal curry.

otehlia cassidy said...

so beautiful and delicious looking! is dragon fruit a cactus? reminds me of prickly pear cactus jelly I made when I lived in AZ.

pegasuslegend said...

you amaze me with all the talent you have this is just another exhibit of fabulous gourmets jams I would love to try!

tigerfish said...

dragon fruit jam is so unique :)

My Little Space said...

Jelena : I was so curious about both of these jam and have never tried them before. So, this is a good trial indeed.

SassyChef : Hi there, nice to see you. Maybe you can try the jam some day.

Shirley : Thank you!

Elra : Haha... Wish that I could see how you work it out.

Otehlia : No, it's not cactus! It's a fruit tree.

Claudia : Thank you very much for your kind words. Really appreciate it.

Tigerfish : Thanx alot!

Thanks so much for visiting all. Hope you're all having a fabulous time.

Cheers, kristy

Barbara said...

These jams look fabulous, Kristy! The color of the dragonfruit is so vivid!

Pete said...

Nice homemade jam, love them on toast.

PS : I did not withdraw the cooked roselle. Just leave them in the jam.

Kirsten said...

Jam is on my list of things to try to make. I don't know if I will be able to get dragonfruit but it looks simply divine.

Lyndsey said...

Kristy these look wonderful! You are so good! I have a lemon tree that has so many lemon I never know what to do with them all. I'll wait unti Dec when I have so many! I saw some beautiful dragon fruit the other day at this new(to me) Asian market next to where my husband works. I didn't get them because I wasn't sure what to do with them. Next time I'll ask you! I have never made jam though, my mom and grandma always did. Some day....

chayacomfycook said...

Not only, do I imagine, these jams taste great, they are also pretty. So nice, to have this, on the table....

Cook with Madin said...

Beautiful jams, your photos are great too. Thank you for sharing how to make your own pectin.
These are great gifts for the holiday.

Pamela @ Seeds of Nutrition said...

Kristy Thank you so much for taking part in the "Nourishing Jams, Jellies, Preserves and More" Blog Hop. We are so pleased that you shared these wonderful recipes. I've never heard of Dragon fruit before but it sure looks yummy.
I'll be visiting your blog more throughly.
Pamela @

My Little Space said...

Barbara : Thanks & glad that you like it too.

Pete : Thanks a million for the info.

Kristen : Hi there, welcome to my little space & hope to hear from you more often.

Lyndz : Thanks! See you at facebook!

Chaya : Thanks alot!

Madin : Thank you very much! Hope you'll learn more from here.

Pamela : You're welcome! Hope to see you around ore often too.

Thanks everyone for stopping by and hope you are all having a fabulous time.

Cheers, kristy

Shannon @ JustAsDelish said...

I would love to make these jam for my mother & grandpa, they are so easy. Is it possible to reduce the sugar? because my grandpa is diabetic.
Also where do you get these glass jars in KL?

My Little Space said...

Hi Shannon, welcome to my humble little space. Glad you love this jam. and now to your questions, yes, you can reduce the sugar or you can even replace it with organic raw sugar. For diabetic, try to serve them very thin layer of this jam.
You can get very cheap jars from either Tesco. I normally used recycle jam bottles or sauce jar.
Hoep to hear from you more often.
Cheers, Kristy

Unknown said...

thanks for sharing, your secret receipt is good

Unknown said...

love to made the dragon fruit jam

natural fruits

Unknown said...

hei, looks exciting your dragon fruit jam.

Natural fruits

yajur said...

Thank you for the info. It sounds pretty user friendly. I guess I’ll pick one up for fun. thank u

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