No Pectin Raspberry Jam Recipe

We did a big harvest of raspberries at the weekend, knowing the end is nigh for these beauties. They have served us well with lashings of fresh berries for over 2 months now but with the frosts nearing, there won’t be more home grown raspberries for much longer this year. So all the troops were rallied and a glut of raspberries were harvested. Said troops did a valiant effort of scoffing them but with plenty left over it seemed inevitable that a batch of raspberry jam would be the order of the day. Queue the need for a no pectin raspberry jam recipe…

Freshly picked raspberries, yum!

Freshly picked raspberries, yum!

Pectin

With no jam making sugar in our local store, we decided to try out this no pectin raspberry jam recipe. And it worked a treat. Raspberries have a high amount of naturally produced pectin and by adding in some lemon juice you are increasing the pectin levels, allowing it to set. If you are finding your jam isn’t setting, keeping cooking it for 2 more minutes at a time, doing the chilled saucer test each time. A little added lemon juice will help too.

Non Pectin Raspberry Jam Recipe:

Ingredients

As you are not using pectin you don’t need quite as much sugar (bonus!) Normally you would have the same weight of fruit to sugar. We had 500g of raspberries and used 400g of sugar. We used the juice of one lemon.

The perfect use for a glut of raspberries in the garden

The perfect use for a glut of raspberries in the garden

Method

Non pectin raspberry jam - perfectly set!

Non pectin raspberry jam – perfectly set!

If you want to learn more about making jams and try some amazing recipes we recommend the Jam Maker’s Garden, read all about it in or blog.

Enjoy

Vialii

 

Designer Dundee

We headed North recently for a weekend away to celebrate 10 years of marriage. We had planned to visit Dundee back in May but Covid-19 put paid to those plans. So it was rescheduled and we packed our bag and headed North for a visit to a revamped Designer Dundee!

On arrival we immediately hit the streets around our hotel as we had heard that street art had hit Dundee in a big way. We weren’t disappointed with painted pavements, wall art and shop windows all getting lots of lovely from talented Dundonians…

This painted pavement is a simple but effective way to brighten up streets

No surprise that this wall art of flowers and insects caught our eye - beautiful!

No surprise that this wall art of flowers and insects caught our eye – beautiful!

Empty shops are made to look beautiful with amazing window displays

Empty shops are made to look beautiful with amazing window displays

As you would expect there are nods to the Beano, Desperate Dan and Oor Wullie throughout the City. We bumped into Oor Wullie in The McManus Museum and we were glad to see he was wearing a mask and staying safe!

Stay safe and wear a mask - like Oor Wullie!

Stay safe and wear a mask – like Oor Wullie!

Gardens are always a big draw for us so we headed to Slessor Gardens in the heart of the city to see what it would behold and we weren’t disappointed. Initially it looks like a large grassy space (where events are held in non-Covid times) but look closer to find amazing garden rooms with themes such as literature, medicine, sensory or parts of the world. Each has a space to relax and these were being well used by locals and visitors. You could also visit a website to get a plant list used in each garden room created. Nice designer touches Dundee!

The sensory garden was filled with colourful acrylic panels, interactive sounds and sensory planting.

The sensory garden was filled with colourful acrylic panels, interactive sounds and sensory planting.

No designer Dundee visit could be complete without a visit to the V&A. It is just as stunning from the outside with its amazing architecture. We love the petals where you are encouraged to create your own chalky designs.

The V&A is a designer's paradise

The V&A is a designer’s paradise

One of the reasons we headed to Dundee was to visit the Mary Quant exhibition. We are a big fan of her fashion and it was wonderful to see so many of her designs under one roof. We highly recommend a visit and to the general museum at the V&A too. An amazing addition to Designer Dundee!

The Mary Quant exhibition is packed full of glorious fashions!

The Mary Quant exhibition is packed full of glorious fashions!

So if you haven’t visited for a while, go see all that Dundee has on offer. You won’t be disappointed.

Vialii