When I did my most recent shop at our local Aldi, as part of their Super 6 they had chilli’s in offer – and at 26p each I bought half a dozen packs to make a particular favourite in our house. Chilli Jam….. Some might make it into Christmas hampers too 😋
I base the recipe on Nigella’s but use the Thermomix, because it’s easier, but I have used the Nigella method and it’s brill too. https://www.nigella.com/recipes/chilli-jam
I use plain old brown vinegar from Aldi at 21p a bottle and 500g of sugar 89p and one green apple, seeds, core, skin, everything about 10p – around £2.50 for loads – about what you would pay for 1 jar in the shops and you know what’s in it – for those of you unsure, it tastes like sweet chilli sauce and is amazing as a dip, or stirred into Mayo or Natrual yoghurt, if your not so brave or as an accompaniment to a cheese or ham sandwich – lush….
I start by topping enough red chilli’s to make 180g, and the same weight in red peppers, the chopped apple and throw them in the Thermomix bowl and wizz on speed 3 for 10 seconds, check too see it its chopped it all into small peices, if so scrape down the bowl.
Add approx 600ml of vinegar and a kilo of sugar and mix on speed 4 for a few seconds to combine. The timer 12 mins, heat varoma and speed 2.5 reverse, start cooking
*WARNING – whatever method you are using, watch this like a hawk – this is molten sugar and will severely burn you, if you feel you are loosing control turn the heat source off, let it cool a bit and start to cook again.
Check the thickness by placing a drop onto a cold plate, after a few seconds you should see a skin form when you drag your finger through it – we like this quiet runny, like sweet chill sauce, but some like a tradition ‘jam’ set, if it’s too runny boil for a few minutes more and retest till it’s right for you.
This made 8 small jars
Dinner tonight is a home made ‘ready meal’ lamb curry, cooked and frozen a few weeks ago, left to defrost overnight – just add rice 😄 Batch cooking is a great way to save stress if your too busy to cook on a weeknight, or just fancy a night off cooking without the takeaway price tag 🤑