We’re Jammin’… Chilli Jam..

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….

imageI 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

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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 🤑

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Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

5 thoughts on “We’re Jammin’… Chilli Jam..”

  1. For those people who don’t like peppers (I am one) red onion makes a delicious replacement in this jam. It is a firm favourite in this household too. We are luckier here as there is a shop beside me tat does sugar for 44p a bag so makes the jam cheaper. Am. A bit envious of your theromix sounds fab xx

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    1. Hi Kim,

      Thanks for that, sounds lovely. I have made caramelised red onions in the Thermomix, which worked out really well, I will try a batch of chilli jam with the onions, whilst it’s mega cheap in Aldi.

      About the Thermomix, I was very lucky, Hubby bought me mine as a Wedding present, I use it most days, sometimes several times a day, if you get the chance, do get a demo, they are fab….

      Jo 😀

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