Jam is made of equal parts sugar and fruit. Some recipes for making jam at home suggest using jam sugar, which contains added pectin, but if you are using fruit at the perfect ripeness then you shouldn’t need to add additional pectin.
Pectin is a naturally jelling substance which mostly occurs in the pips, cores and skin of fruit. If you’re making your own jam, choose slightly under ripe fruit, as under ripe fruit contains the most pectose. Pectose is contained in the cell walls of under ripe fruit.
The broad meaning of chutney is anything that is preserved in sugar and vinegar, irrespective of what it is that’s being preserved (or the consistency of the resulting chutney.)
Chutney is usually gluten free, with a spicy or savoury flavour, as opposed to the sweetness of jams and jellies. Chutney is a key part of Indian cuisine, adding flavour or balance to a variety of dishes.
What is chutney used for?
Chutney can be used in a number of ways. It adds depth of flavour to meaty sandwiches and can be served on the side of any meat or fowl dish.
Pureed, smoother chutneys can be served as dipping sauces for spring rolls, samosas, or any fried finger food.
Chutney also tastes great with cheese. Try out combinations of different cheeses and chutneys with a high bake water biscuit or cream cracker.
Chutneys go well with curries of course! Peanut chutney, green chutney and tamarind chutney are just a few of the more unusual chutneys which you may come across, particularly if you are eating Indian cuisine. A chutney which is particularly popular in the West is mango chutney, the very sweet accompaniment stored in the fridge for that Friday night takeaway.
A spicy pepper based chutney to try is Granny’s Secret Avjar Hot. Each jar contains a whopping eleven peppers, without any added sugar or preservatives. It’s great spread on toast as a vegetarian snack, and can be added to risotto or pasta sauce to give a fiery kick.
Our range of jam and chutneys come in a wide variety of sizes and flavours. Many of our jam range is gluten free, vegan and organic with some jams and chutneys being peanut and nut free. Coming from a variety of brands such as Meridian and Granny's Secret - we're sure you'll find your favourite or discover something new and exciting.