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JUNE, JAM & JE NE SAIS QVOI

BLACKCURRANT JAM

 What makes blackcurrant jam so delicious is the tartness of the berries balanced with the sweet sugar. Perfect on warm toast or a freshly baked scone.

MAKES 3 X 250ML JARS

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

■ 600g/21oz blackcurrants
■ 400g/14oz caster sugar or jam sugar

1. If you don’t have a cooking thermometer, put a small saucer in the freezer in preparation for step 4 below. Sterilise your jars and lids either by running them through a hot dishwasher cycle; or wash in hot soapy water and put them, still wet, into a preheated oven at 160C for about 15 minutes.

Strip the blackcurrants from the stalks and tip into a heavy-based saucepan with 100ml (3½fl oz) of

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