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Win a Tate and Lyle Jam Making Kit


The strawberry season has arrived, so to celebrate Tate and Lyle have kindly donated one of their jam making kits for a jam inspired competition. The kit includes;
1 x 1kg Tate and Lyle Fairtrade Granulated Sugar
3 packets of Tate and Lyle Pectin
All you need to add is fruit!

To be in with a chance of winning, here is what you have to do;
1. Read about one of my favourite strawberry jam recipes below (it has an unusual ingredient!).
2. Then, tell me what your favourite flavour of jam is (leave your answer in the comments section). Easy as that.

If you tweet about this competition on Twitter, or share on Facebook, you get an extra entry into the competition - just let me know you have done so in the comments section (you can use the share/save button at the bottom of this post).

1.8kg Strawberries, small and keep whole
1/2 tsp Ground Cardamom
Juice 3 Lemons
1.8kg Jam Sugar
Knob of butter

Step 1: Wash, drain and hull the fruit and put in a large non-metallic bowl. Sprinkle over the lemon juice, sugar and cardamom, gently mix. Cover with a tea towel and leave overnight.
Step 2: Put a saucer in the freezer. Tip the fruit and juice into a large heavy-based pan. Heat gently, stirring, to dissolve the sugar.
Step 3: Once sugar has dissolved turn up the heat, then boil hard for exactly 4 minutes (use a timer). Take off the heat to test for setting point. Spoon a little jam onto the cold saucer. After a couple of minutes gently push your finger through the jam and if the surface wrinkles it is ready. If not, return to the boil for 2 minutes, then re-test.
Step 4: Take off the heat and swirl in the butter. If the scum doesn't dissolve, skim with a slotted spoon. Cool for 10-15 minutes.
Step 5: Stir gently to distribute the fruit, then pour into warm sterilised jars. Put waxed discs on straight away, cover with lids or cellophane circles, then seal. Keeps for 6 months. (Base recipe from BBC Good Food)

So, what’s your favourite jam?

Don’t forget if you tweet or share this competition you get an extra entry – just tell me in the comments section.

Good Luck – closing date is 1st July 2010 (5PM BST).

Beth Sachs
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  1. have rt and on facebook @kikicomp

  2. Cardamom seems to be making its way every where these days ;0)
    My all time fave flavour of jam is Peach and Apricot - mmmmmmmm, on a nice piece of thickly cut bread, toasted, with butter oozing in and a thick layer of peach and apricot jam!

  3. tweeted (I'm @victoriablisse) and my favourite flavour of jam is blackcurrant. It is sweet but has a slight sour snap that balances it out perfectly and it is the best jam to have with peanut butter!

  4. I have RTed it @nelsonclaire.
    Think the idea of using cardamom is a great one!
    I have two favourite jams, the first is from when I was young and my Nan made greengage jam and now I love raspberry jam.

  5. I'd never have thought of puting Cardamon in jam!
    My favourite is damson.

  6. I'm following on twitter and have retweeted @missielizzieb

  7. My favourite jam is Black Cherry especially when you get nice big juicy pieces.

    RT on twitter :)

  8. cardamom?! that is unusual in jam!
    my favourite jam is blackcurrent!!
    i follow you on twitter (@emmav6) & have retweeted to spread the word, & follow your blog
    emma x

  9. Cherry jam is my fave with peanut butter. Have tweeted (@FlorrieFloyd)

  10. My favourite jam is homemade Gooseberry, yummy! I follow you on Twitter and have retweeted @magicalmilly

  11. My favourite is raspberry.

  12. Strawberry jam is the one and only!!
    However, judging by the other comments on here I have clearly led a very sheltered life in the jam world...!

    I was good and RT-ed on twitter @stolenfromother

  13. I love Grape Jelly very hard to get in the UK but USA everywhere
    or Black Cheery

  14. Raspberry and I have shared on FB as well :-)

  15. I love blackcurrant jam, but I think I'm going to try this. The cardamom with the strawberies sounds delicious. My favourite to make though is still marmalade.

    I've tweeted about the competition @compergrapevine

  16. We make blackberry jam from our own blackberry bush. However, my absolute favourite is Apricot.

    I've tweeted (@beachrambler)

  17. its got to be the Cardamon and my favourite jam is Gooseberry. love the sharp and sweet combination. Following on twitter.. @Rattycat

  18. Can't get better than strawberry, but adding a bit of spice is intriguing!

    Have tweeted (@svmitche)

  19. Definitely Strawberry...also tweeted @ltibby17

  20. Would never have thought of using cardamon!

    Blueberry jam is my favourite mmmm with butter on croissants.

    I've retweeted (donmarbu)and I'm following :)

  21. My favourite flavour of jam depends on my mood. Overall it's probably raspberry or apricot.

  22. my favourite jam is apple and blackberry
    have tweeted as well @porkiepinkie

  23. Blackberry jam - though like my mum used to make it with all the pips sieved out...Hot buttery toast and blackberry jam takes me back to sunday afternoon tea times when I was nine.

    Spuggy05 (twitter)

  24. Love home made jam..just can not be beat.... :) Love the blog...

  25. mmm - cardamom!
    Have RTd on Twitter.
    Favourite jam? Has to be raspberry, with seeds - just so tangy and sweet!
    Great post!

  26. Blackcurrent jam is my favourite :)

  27. Peach jam when I'm in a sweet mood, Black Cherry when I want a bit of bite. Following on twitter @sarokaal and Facebook

  28. Cardamon, interesting! My favourite boringly is strawberry jam, with lots of great big straeberries in, you just can't beat it!

    I'm following on Twitter @emilyh13

  29. I love classic raspberry jam, with loads of fruit and even the annoying pips that get in your teeth! I have retweeted @misslongstockin

  30. Emily Shepperson13 June 2010 at 18:45

    Great recipe..have never made jam before so may have to give it a go.

    My favourite flavour is strawberry,Yum!

    I have shared on my wall on facebook and retweeted @novagirl291

  31. I like black cherry jam the best. Have retweeted on twitter @L1ndyL0u

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  33. I love cherry jam, or alternatively, any jam that is homemade by my friends!

    Have shared on facebook and retweeted @lolopants


  34. My Favourite Jam is Raspberry. Yummy on Toast/Scones and teacakes :)

    RT @ cathaylass

  35. blueberry jam is the best :o)

  36. RT @kailexness and shared on FB

    My favourite jam is Blackcurrant, I always find that it doesn't get over sweet and always has such a strong flavour.

    I have made a brilliant plum and mulled wine jam that was perfect with fruit scones thou

  37. I am plain and boring and alwaays stick to blackcurrant

  38. Good idea - I think the Cardamom will bring out the flavour of the strawberries. Cherry jam - red or black - is my all time favourite. Following on Twitter & RTd @happyfox

  39. I like plum jam from the tree in my garden. Must plant some blackcurrant bushes because I love that too!

    I have re-tweeted too @mumonthenet

  40. I love jam, my fave has to be strawberry followed by blackberry and then apricot!

    I am following and have shared on facebook (Shelley Jones) and retweeted on twitter @shelleyjaynexx

  41. Any home made jam is lovely - my favourite being damson jam with the damsons from my parent's tree

  42. Cardamon! my favourite jam is blackcurrant mmmm have tweeted @lottiegirlx

  43. I'm sure I can't win as I'm in the US but I had to comment since we made 4 batches of strawberry jam this weekend too & one batch is cardamom flavored as well!

  44. My favourite jam is raspberry, although if it is homemade, then nothing much beats strawberry. I made strawberry & rhubarb jam this week and it is lovely :)

  45. Mixed fruit has always been my favourite since I was a child, I still love it now!

    I'm off to tweet for you now too (@popple79)

    Thank you! x

  46. Rhubarb and ginger that my nana used to make. Hotly followed by strawberry, on scones with clotted cream these days.

    Retweeted too.

  47. I love strawberry Jam, tweeted @RedRoses4

  48. The unusual ingredient is cardamon, I would love to taste that jam!

    My favourite flavour is apricot.

    I'll retweet @Rosi444

  49. I absolutely love Blackberry Jelly. It always reminds me of tea with my grandparents and my grandma's home made jelly. Definitely my favourite. Time consuming to make but worth it!
    I love your idea of including cardamom as a flavour - interesting & unusual.
    'Meanderings through my Cookbook'

  50. My dads bramble jelly is stunning, closely followed by damson jam.

    RT competition as Science_chick

  51. I love my dad's homemade Gooseberry Jam,it's the best I've ever tasted. I am a lover of anything sharp so also like redcurrant or blackcurrent.
    Have RT on twitter (@bextow)

  52. Ooh I love cardomom its very perfumed and I bet that was a lovely addition.

    I adore homemade blackberry jam made by my grandma well she used to.

  53. Oooo love the idea of adding cardomom. My favourite is one I made a few years back, blueberry and straberry with mint!

  54. I'm following on twitter and have retweeted @emmajane30

  55. My favourite is raspberry but it has to have the bits in. Have RT @kimnhol.

  56. Red wine jam that I once had in France - never found it again but I make a lovely mulled wine one myself

    I've retweeted - @lalheg and shared on FB

  57. My Favourite Jam is strawberry. It reminds me of all the lovely things about summer :) Rting @paulinepppp

  58. oooh my favourite flavour is Strawberry. I've just retweeted as Emma_Jayne. I've just been learning how to bake scones and we've started a branded new Wi. Would be perfect! x

  59. favorite jam gotta be traditional strawberry jam mmmmmmm
    shared on facebook and retweeted @mrstracey1972

  60. Ive used cardamom in jab b4 it give it a unique flaver, my fave jam has to be damsom, homemade and then served on crumpets mmmm, ((runs to kitchen to make 1 )

  61. Just an update from my earlier comment - I love cherry jam still, but have just discovered a wild strawberry bush in my neighbourhood, so if I won I would be making wild strawberry jam - nom nom!

  62. My all time favourite is strawberry and vanilla. Though I am partial to apricot as well.

    Your recipe sounds interesting, I hadn't thought of adding cardamom.

  63. I love chilli jam, goes so well with fishcakes etc. My favourite sweet jam is rapsberry freezer jam my mum makes!

    @justforcomps, will RT

  64. ooh..fave jam, thats hard - has to be between blueberry and raspberry.

    probably raspberry - i love making raspberry and coconut buns with it!

    have rt'd on twitter - @luckyduckyme

  65. Mmmm, your jam recipe sounds me mouth watering here lol
    My fave jam has to be blackcurrant - I rather like the little sour kick it has...perfect on either toast or bread :-)

  66. cardammon is good with vanilla too. my favourite jam is black cherry

    @clarateddy on twitter will tweet

  67. I love strawberry jam. Recently was given some strawberry & vanilla which was yummy!
    Have RTed on Twitter and will share on FB in a tick!

    Thanks for this!!!

  68. My favourite Jam is Morello Chery - rich and juicy :) Perfect with scones!!! Have RT too as @yummymumto2 x

  69. My all-time favourite is the homemade gooseberry jam my Mum used to make, but my favourite to buy is raspberry.

    Have rt'd on Twitter @beedle82

  70. My fave flavour is the gorgeously delicious Strawberry. My mouth is watering now just thinking about it LOL

    Cardamom does sound like a very unusual ingrediant.

    RT'd as @Coistycat

  71. oooh lovely giveaway thanks were going strawberry picking in the summer hols would love to have a go at jam making.....of course my fav is strawberry jam delicious.
    Have rt'd @missdaisy32

  72. Shared on Facebook (Valerie Dallimore)
    ReTweeted (VictoriaPlum953)

    Favourite jam is strawberry. Never before heard of using cardamom!

  73. I love home made rhubarb and ginger jam

  74. definitely black cherry

  75. Cardomom seems odd rather like Chocolate in chilli, yet it works. i love Elderberry jam.
    FB & Twitter from me. Yorkiepudding and Tracey
    I have always, since watching my late mum make it, wanted to have a go at proper jam making.. fingers crossed xx

  76. has to be strawberry jam packed full with fruit

    shared on FB

  77. The winner is Emily Shepperson. Congrats. Please email me your address

  78. Emily Shepperson31 July 2010 at 15:05

    Thank you so so much! I've only just been able to get on this site and I am over the moon! E-mailing now..hope it's not too late as I really look forward to making our own jam :D


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