Summer-autumn season - the "busy season" not only for salting and supplies fruit and vegetables, but also for the sweet tooth who prefer a cold winter evening, drink a cup of tea with a teaspoon of homemade jams.
- Rules of preparation and storage of jam
- Where to store the jam
- How much time is stored jam
Of course, recipes for cooking it in abundance. After all, today the ingredients of this dessert are not only habitual berries and fruits. There are squash and carrot jam, citrus or rowanberry, even mint. In short, everyone on "the color and taste." Except that many have only one question: "What to do, so in the winter it became clear, all efforts were in vain, and the money is wasted because swelling banks and education in Zagatala jam layer of mold?".
Rules of preparation and storage of jam
So how do you keep the jam from the mold throughout the winter, how to protect it from damage? Indeed, this issue is relevant for many, and so experienced housewives and experts give some useful tips:
- primary packaging for jam should be a half-liter glass jar;
- before its use is necessary to conduct a sterilization procedure (can be steamed or in water);
- poured into wet jam jar prohibited (necessary to put it upside down on paper towel and wait until all the water has drained additionally allowed to dry jar in an oven at low temperature);
- special attention should be paid to the choice of the cover: it should not be damaged, have a uniform coating, for a spin is necessary to take the so-called white cover (they are not oxidized) or twisting (they are easy to sterilize and can be used 2-3 times); but best to take a set of vacuum lids (they will serve faithfully for a long time);
- if produced sweet product you plan to store a short time (no more than 2-3 months), you can use regular plastic covers; however, before they are worn, it is desirable to close the "neck" banks several layers of parchment paper;
- to not moldy jam, it is important to consider the degree of sweetness of the ingredients (the more sugar, the greater the likelihood that the cover bulges; in such cases, add a little lemon juice);
- jam density is also important in the storage (it is thicker than the less risks of its "lose").
Where to store the jam
Best of all, of course, to store the jam in the fridge on the bottom shelf. But few people is it enough space to accommodate at least a dozen jars. But it does not matter. Properly cooked jam can be stored at room temperature.
An ideal place to store cans with jam in the flat will usually dark room, in which the temperature reaches 20 degrees Celsius. The cellar banks put not recommended due to the fact that in this place it can simply be nipped by the frost and deteriorate (often a glass jar "breaks" due to a sharp temperature drop).
How long can store jam
Seedless jam, cooked and closed according to the rules, it can be stored for several years.
But jam with seeds is not necessary to store more than six months. The fact is that because of their long-term storage of nucleoli release dangerous poison - hydrogen cyanide and after 7-8 months, its concentration may exceed safe and healthy values. Especially dangerous in this respect, cherry, plum, apricot and peach jam.