Kick up the Jam – Avoid jam foam without skimming
Y’a learn something new every day - some days are better than others.
Apparantly 1 teaspoon (or so) of butter added to your fruit and sugar (before heating) is enough to almost eliminate foam on your jam!
For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about – cooking a jam requires bringing it to a boil – the boil causes air pockets which create a foam on the surface of your pan. Skimming this off will help ensure your product looks prettier and reduces the overall amount of air inside your jar (important for preserving). It’s easy enough to skim off though this can be more difficult to clean and results in lost jam.
The only downside I have seen is that some scientists claim that the preserve will not last as long.
For those of you who do not know this (like me), this is giant news and a wonderful tip – I actually haven’t been this excited in a long time. It may, indeed, be time to get a life.