Making Your Own Gooseberry Jam

You can actually grow your gooseberries in any type of large container in a shaded area if you don’t have the space in your garden. As long as you feed them regularly you should have no problems. Don’t ever let the plant run out of water.

Gooseberries come in red and green and depending on the amount of sugar you add there shouldn’t be any difference in the taste. But the color or your jam might vary from berry to berry. You can however mix both berries together when making jam and you will still get the same great taste.

Pruning gooseberry bush

You can pick the first batch of berries from the plant in May. A few weeks later a new crop will re-emerge and these berries which will be bigger are the ones we use to make the jam.

Ensure you keep on top of the insects and caterpillar to avoid the destruction of the crop. Also cover your gooseberry bush with a net or store it in a greenhouse as an environmental friendly way to keep them safe. This also had the advantage of keeping away the birds from eating the berries.

Gooseberry Jam Recipe


2 lb 4oz/ granulated sugar

2lb 4oz/ gooseberries

150ml water


Prepare the gooseberries by removing any pieces of stalks or stems. This is called ‘Top and TailingÂ’. Also give the berries a wash and then drain the water to remove any residue.

In a pan add the water and then pour in the gooseberries. Allow the water to boil and then lower the heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Don’t remove the berries until they have all turned soft.

Next pour in your sugar and stir. Keep the berries on the heat until all the sugar has been dissolved. Turn up the heat and boil for another 10 minutes.

When the jam mixture reaches the right constituencies remove from heat and allow to cool. Stand for 20 minutes. If there is any scum on top of the mixture remove with a spoon.

Next pour the jam into the jam jars using a funnel. Fill each jar to the top and cover them with jam paper and screw the lids on tightly. Now your jam is ready to be eaten.

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Set Jam Test

To test to see if your gooseberry jams is ready do the following test

1.Remove the gooseberries from the heat.
2.Remove a saucer you have previously placed in the fridge and pour a spoon of the jam mixture onto it.
3.Allow this mixture to cool.
4.Next run your finger through the saucer of jam and if it leaves a track your jam is done.
5.If it is still not set then you should place the mixture back on the heat for another 8 minutes for it to cook.

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Sterilising and Preparing Jam Jars for Gooseberry Jam

Wash each jar in soapy water and rinse until clean.

Way One

Place the jars on a tray in the oven and heat them for half an hour at Gas Mark 4/180 ?C/ 350?F. Remove them from the oven and then pour the gooseberry jam mixture into them while they are still hot.

Way Two

Or alternatively place them in a saucepan of water and bring to the boil for 10 minutes. Next remove the jars from the water and place them in the oven to dry for another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and pour jam into them while they are still hot.

NOTE: Make sure you prepare the jars ahead of time so that the gooseberry mixture is still warm when going into the jars that have just come out of the oven. If not the chances are that your jam will spoil as you are not to ever put cold food in hot jars.