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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

BEET ROOT JAM


My love and fascination for beetroot that began in my childhood is still very much a part of me. I would always wonder how from the same Earth radishes were snow white, carrots orange and beetroots so purple. And each of them so different in taste and flavour. During winters, our Dad would boil a beetroot everyday and give us a slice each, to eat with meals. He would tell us that our cheeks would become red by eating it. This is now being followed in my family.
Beetroots have been termed as a super food because of their many health benefits. Experts recommend adding a portion of beetroot in everyday meals because of their many health benefits. Beetroot is a store house of Vitamin C. It boosts body immunity, improves texture of skin and eliminates toxins from body. It is good for the liver. It lowers blood pressures and prevents coronary heart disease. Beet root has natural sugars.It is a good source of Calcium and iron.
On my previous trip to vegetable market, I saw freshly harvested beets – robust and juicy. I immediately bought them and decided to make jam.


Ingredients
2 Beet roots
1 cup sugar
Juice of two oranges
Juice of one lime

Method
Pressure cook the beet roots. Turn off the gas after a whistle.

Peel and chop into small pieces.

Puree the pieces in a blender.
Add sugar and juice of oranges and juice of a lime.
Cook in a thick bottomed non aluminum vessel till the mixture attains jam like consistency.
Turn off the gas.
While the jam is getting cold, sterilize the bottles.
Place the washed and dried bottles with the lids in the oven. Set the temperature to 100 degrees and set the timer to 10 minutes. Remove the bottles and their lids from the oven. Ladle hot jam into the jars leaving ¼ inch headspace. Secure the lids tightly.


My notes: With the above quantity of the ingredients, you get a small bottle of jam. Refrigerate and consume early.

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  2. Awesome recipe. Thanks a lot for sharing. Superb clicks! One doubt. To sterilize the glass jar, we have to place it and the lid in the oven. My glass jar has a plastic lid. Is it still safe to heat it in the oven? And oven means microwave or OTG? Thanks

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  3. Hello Jayashree, Yes oven is OTG. If you have a plastic lid, Suggest that you sterilise it by putting it in boiling water for a few minutes before removing and drying. And, yes, if you have a small quantity of jam, then refrigerate and consume early.

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  4. Oops! I accidentally closed the sesame ball post but will comment about both the posts here (found this jam one on the links below the sesame ball post). Now that making vegan condensed milk is easy and inexpensive I can make the sesame balls with ease and this jam is exotic and looks delicious and nutritious at the same time. I think you could use it on a cheese sandwich just as well as on toast. I love how inventive you are with your recipes :) In your sesame ball post you mentioned moving from the dark to the light (enlightenment) and so I guess that means we are going from the light into the dark but can't say I mind at the moment as we are having a week of horrendous temperatures here in Tasmania and a bit of cool, dark weather would be wonderful. Cheers for the excellent recipes :)

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