I have made lots of wonderful jams,from basic berries,and stone fruits, to more exotic marmalade with grapefruit and Southern Comfort!! I made a wonderful Nectarine and Passion-fruit jam a couple of summers back which I was extremely pleased with.
Often make my own jam, don't use setta but do use lemon juice. Think setting has a lot to do with rapid boiling after sugar is added. Try on plate from freezer and if little skin forms it's ready. Over ripe is sometimes hard to set. For some reason do not have a lot of success with setting strawberry jam.
Yes, for the last few years we've been making our own jam because we've been using the fruit grown in my grandpa's garden, or pick it ourselves. We make strawberry and blackberry mainly, but just recently bought some plums to make plum jam. We have so much jam that we have to give it away, and what we have left will still last us the year.
I used to make green tomato jam, does not look that marvellous in the jar but very yummy do not make now, as I cannot buy the green tomatoes like I used to and if I could would be too expensive nowadays
You can buy tomato jam on roadside stalls or street stalls sometimes but they use ripe tomatoes and add other things such as passionfruit which I do not like so never buy this type of jam with additives .
I have never made jam myself. My favourite jam is tomato jam (which my mother often near burned) and it was sweet with a slightly burnt flavour - lovely. Also very fond of black currant, nice and tart. Apricot and almond is lovely.
Since living in Melbourne we had a diseased, very old plum tree and the blood plums were as big as apples and the fruit a perfect quality. A neightbour used to take the plums and make blood plum jam and produced many dozen jars of this beautiful jam. I'll have to have a go some time.
Jam is fun to make - we just made a large batch of Cumquat Jam from our own cumquats. I have tried to reduce the amount of sugar and ended up with liquid jam, so now I always stick to the recipe for fear of wasting the ingredients.
I tried making jam (and lots of other things) when I was first married. I wanted to be that perfect, clever wife and mother. I soon learned however, that it was not meant to be. I've discovered I have other talents and I can still have lovely home-made jam by buying it at the local market.
When my family and I lived in Tasmania I'd often make my own apple and ginger jam. There are so many old orchards there and apple trees growing on the side of country roads! We'd pick boxes of apples, and I'd make them into pies, and freeze the surplus and make them into jams.
Yes, I love to make my own jam and not only jam, pickles, fruit syrup, sauces. If you cook it enough and use enough sugar, it will set. It's so much better to have homemade jams and pickles at home. If you want, you can make pickles and jam for the fridge, it's even easier. :)