Healthy hedgerow jam

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This is the most amazing jam made with rice syrup instead of sugar and packed with Vitamin C, antioxidants and natural anti-inflammatory properties, so a healthier version of all the usual sugar-laden jams. Hooray!

We had such fun collecting all these goodies from the hedgerows and trees in the fields and woods nearby – crabapples, elderberries, hawberries, blackberries, rose hips, beechnuts, sloes and rowan berries.

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Healthy hedgerow jam

IMG_0616This is the most amazing jam made with rice syrup instead of sugar and packed with Vitamin C, antioxidants and natural anti-inflammatory properties, so a healthier version of all the usual sugar-laden jams. Hooray!

Ingredients:

  • 250g each of hawberries, rose hips, sloes and rowan berries
  • 450g each of crab apples, blackberries and elderberries
  • 50g beechnuts (shelled and hulled)
  • 650g brown rice syrup
  • 1tbsp coconut oil

Method:

  1. Put all the fruit except the blackberries and elderberries in a pan. Cover with water and simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Push through a sieve and discard all the bits. Put the juice back in the pan with the blackberries, elderberries and nuts and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Add the rice syrup and coconut oil and boil hard for around 20 minutes until it starts to look ‘jammy’.
  4. Pour into sterilised jars and try not to eat it all at once!

Recipe by Homegrown Kate www.homegrownkate.com

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