A Pineapple Jam Recipe Dedicated To Those Who Love Homemade Jam
This delicious pineapple jam recipe is specially dedicated to anyone who loves just homemade jam. I really love fresh pineapples cooked as jam as they taste so fresh and “real”. With Chinese New Year fast approaching, it’s only right to start early with preparation to make snacks and delicious goodies for that big occasion. And how else than to first start by making this homemade pineapple jam, which goes so well with pineapple tarts, which is a MUST have Chinese New Year cookie.
Making Your Very Own Homemade Pineapple Jam At Home
Cooking our own pineapple jam is not difficult at all, just a bit laborious and time consuming. One has to be prepared to stand by a warm stove for about two to 3 hours, just watching over and stirring the pineapple mixture till the mixture dries up and turn golden brown in colour. And this is besides the long process of peeling, cutting and grating the pineapples.
However, I do think it is really worth the time as the store bought pineapple jam usually lacked pineapple flavour and are always sweetened with too much sugar. The fresh pineapples, on the other hand, smell heavenly and taste so delicious when made into jams.
Let’s Learn How To Make The Perfect Pineapple Jam For Pineapple Tarts
A perfect pineapple jam for pineapple tarts filling should be golden brown in colour with a very sticky texture. To make the jam, first, peel, cut and grate the pineapples. Be sure not to grate the core of the pineapples as they will remain too coarse and fibrous for the jam. It’s best to use a combination of ripe and half-ripe pineapples for the pineapple jam. Half-ripe pineapples will give the “bite” from the fibre while the ripe pineapples will give the fragrance as they are sweet and juicy.
Then simply place the grated pineapples together with all the other ingredients in a large pot and cook, stirring constantly until the jam is thickened. Do not discard the juice so that the full flavour can be retained. Add the pineapple juice a bit at a time during the cooking process. This can speed up the cooking process and prevent splattering. Only add most of the sugar at the end of the cooking cycle so as to ensure the jam do not become too dark and is burnt.
The golden brown colour of the pineapple jam is an indication of its doneness. So remove the pot off the heat and allow to cool completely once the pineapple texture looks dry and sticky. And we’re done!
Now that we have made our homemade pineapple jam, it’s time to make Pineapple Tarts. See below for our popular pineapple tarts recipes, such as Rose Pineapple Tarts and Flower Blossom Pineapple Tarts. As usual, enjoy!
Pineapple Jam 凤梨果酱
- 5 pineapples, large, 3 ripe pineapples, 2 half-riped pineapples
- 350 gram granulated sugar, or adjusted to taste
- 1 lemon, squeeze for the juice
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 5 cloves
- 4 star anise
- 3 pandan leaves/screwpine leaves, tie into a knot
- Have ready a combination of ripe and half-ripe pineapples and briefly wash them over running water.
- Also, have ready all the ingredients needed to cook the pineapple jam.
- Prepare the warm spices for added aroma to the pineapple jam.
- First, place the pineapple on its sides of a chopping board and slice off the top green crown of the pineapple.
- Next, stand the pineapple upright and with a sharp knife, cut away the outer tough skin in strips, from top to bottom.
- Then, slice off the bottom of the fruit.
- Continue to work around the pineapple to carefully remove the "eyes" of the fruit.
- Next, slice the pineapple into long quarters. And we're ready to grate the sliced pineapples!
- To hand-grate the pineapples, place a strainer over a large plastic or ceramic bowl and place a grater in it.
- Grate the pineapple using the largest holes on the box grater and discard the core. It is recommended to wear plastic gloves hand grating the pineapples.
- When finished grating, drained the grated pineapples in the strainer. Safe the pineapple juice in the plastic bowl for later use.
- Place the grated pineapples in a large surface area pot as this can shorten the cooking time and reduce the risk of burning the jam.
- Add in the knotted pandan leaves, about 1/3 of the sugar and the warm spices.
- Then, add in the freshly squeezed lemon juice.
- Stir the pineapple mixture with a wooden spoon to ensure everything is well mixed.
- Using MEDIUM HIGH heat, bring the pot of pineapple mixture to a boil.
- Once it starts to boil, lower the heat to MEDIUM and stir occasionally the mixture to ensure it does not burn.
- Start adding the pineapple juice in batches until all the juice has boiled and evaporated.
- Continue to cook the pineapple mixture till it starts to brown and dry.
- Then, turn the heat to LOW and continue cooking until the mixture turns sticky. Add in the rest of the sugar and adjust the sweetness to your taste.
- Stir well until most liquid has evaporated and the pineapple jam turns golden brown in colour. Be sure to stir the mixture frequently especially towards the end of the cooking to avoid burning the jam. And we're done!
- Then remove the pot from heat and set aside the jam to cool completely.
- After the jam has been thoroughly cooled, discard the spices and pandan/screwpine leaves.
- This delicious pineapple jam can be used right away or sealed and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until needed. This jam can keep in refrigerator for up to a month. As always, ENJOY!