Honeysuckle jam is a great way to process it, but it's far from the only one. In addition to jam, you can make an excellent jam from it, cook compote, or simply grind it with sugar and use it as a filling for pies. Everyone can choose a dish to their liking, because there are a lot of recipes for cooking from it.
Why is honeysuckle jam useful?
The beneficial qualities of jam and other honeysuckle dishes are due to the healing properties of the fruits themselves. No wonder they are called rejuvenating berries. In addition to vitamins A, C and P, they contain monosugar, pectins, tannins.
They also contain selenium - a unique trace element that prevents cell aging.
Honeysuckle jam has antipyretic properties. The substances contained in the fruits have a beneficial effect on the digestive system. In addition, they have the following beneficial properties:
- Normalize blood composition, helping to increase hemoglobin levels.
- Stabilize pressure.
- Improves immunity.
- They have an anti-inflammatory effect.
- They accelerate the recovery processes in the body and shorten the rehabilitation period after colds and complications.
- Promote the elimination of heavy metals, salts, toxins and harmful substances from the body.
- They have expectorant properties.
- Normalize and improve heart function.
Important! Eating large amounts of these berries is more likely to lead to indigestion than to any benefit.
Features of making honeysuckle jam for the winter
A feature of honeysuckle jam is that it preserves well all the vitamin and mineral complex contained in a fresh berry. During cooking, only vitamin C is partially destroyed. However, due to its high content, even in the finished product, its concentration remains high.
Honeysuckle begins to bear fruit one of the very first, already in late May or early June. The ripe berry has a dark blue-black color and a bluish bloom. Unripe fruits are red, they cannot be eaten.
Before starting to make blanks, the berries must be washed and dried, since excessive moisture greatly impairs the taste of the final product. For this, paper towels are used, on which the washed fruits are spread.
Important! Even a small amount of rotten fruit will greatly reduce the shelf life of the jam, so it is imperative to sort them.
Honeysuckle jam "Pyatiminutka"
The recipe is very popular due to its simplicity. The ingredients for this jam (honeysuckle and sugar) are taken 1: 1. Five-minute jam is made as follows:
- Wash and sterilize glass jars for storage.
- Clean the berries from debris, rinse and dry.
- Put the fruits in an enamel bowl, grind with a blender to a state of porridge.
- Add granulated sugar in parts, stirring constantly until dissolved.
- Put the dishes on the fire and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes.
- Pour the jam into jars, close, put under the blanket until it cools.
After a day, the jam can be consumed.
Simple Honeysuckle Jam
There are a minimum of ingredients in this recipe. You will need one kilogram of honeysuckle berries and granulated sugar, as well as one full glass of water.
The berries need to be sorted out, cleaned of debris and leaves. Then rinse and dry. Put the water to heat, gradually dissolving all the sugar in it. Boil the syrup for 10-12 minutes. Gently pour the fruits into it and bring to a boil, then stop heating, and remove the pan until the next day.
After a day, the jam is re-boiled for 15 minutes. Now all that remains is to close it to banks. The jam is ready for use immediately after cooling.
Thick honeysuckle jam
To prepare it, you will need 1 kg of ripe honeysuckle berries and sugar. In addition, you will need citric acid (1/2 teaspoon). This ingredient will not only add acidity to the jam, but also serve as a good preservative. The procedure for making jam is as follows:
- Clean the fruits of debris, rinse well, dry.
- Grind half of the berries with a blender or with a meat grinder.
- Add whole fruits to the crushed berries and put the container on fire.
- After boiling, add sugar and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add citric acid, stir and cook for 1 minute. The jam is ready.
The finished product can be poured into jars.
Bitter Honeysuckle Jam
The sour-bitter taste of honeysuckle suggests that the fruits ripened in a lack of moisture. They can be used for jam, but the amount of sugar will have to be increased to a 2: 1 ratio. Sometimes in this case, honeysuckle is "diluted" with a sweeter berry, for example, strawberries.
Honeysuckle jam with gelatin
To make jam, you need 1 kg of ripe fresh berries, 1.5 kg of sugar and 10 grams of gelatin. The berries must be carefully chopped, then add the other two components and put on fire. Cook for 20-25 minutes.
After that, all that remains is to pour hot jam into the jars and cool.
To make jelly, you can use a gelling agent that is sold in stores under the name Zhelfix. It is an all-herbal pectin-based ingredient. Its use allows you to do without gelatin and greatly speeds up the preparation of jams, jellies or confiture. For jelly you will need:
- honeysuckle - 1 kg;
- granulated sugar - 1 kg;
- "Zhelfix" - 1 sachet.
First you need to get the juice. To do this, grind the fruits with a blender and squeeze the resulting mass. The juice is heated, gradually adding sugar and stirring. Together with sugar, you need to add Zhelfix. The juice is boiled for 5 minutes and then poured hot into clean jars. After cooling, it will turn into a delicious and beautiful jelly.
How to keep maximum vitamins
Honeysuckle jam without cooking
For cooking, you need honeysuckle fruits and sugar in a ratio of 1: 1.5. Berries must be selected very carefully, discarding fruits with rot. This will significantly increase the shelf life of such a jam.
Rinse the fruits with water, then let them dry. Then they are crushed with a blender to a puree state, sugar is added and stirred until it is completely dissolved. The jam is laid out in sterilized containers and put away in a cold place.
Honeysuckle in sugar
For such a harvest, you will need ripe honeysuckle berries and sugar. The recipe itself is simple. Cleanly washed and dried fruits are gently mixed with sugar, being careful not to damage. The resulting mass is laid out in jars, sprinkled with sugar and closed. You need to keep such jars in the refrigerator.
Honeysuckle, mashed with sugar, for the winter
Rinse the fruits, dry, then grind in a meat grinder. Add sugar 1.5 kg per 1 kg of berries to the resulting porridge, stir. Divide the finished product into clean glass jars, sprinkle with granulated sugar on top and close with lids.
Berry mix, or what you can combine with honeysuckle
Honeysuckle has a savory sweet and sour taste, reminiscent of blueberries. It goes well with many berries. Traditionally, they are mixed with strawberries, which appear around the same time. In addition, there are many other berry mixes that include honeysuckle.
Honeysuckle and strawberry jam
It can be prepared in several ways, with different proportions of berries. Traditionally, this jam requires:
- strawberries - 0.7 kg;
- honeysuckle - 0.3 kg;
- sugar - 1 kg.
Sort out both those and other berries, rinse, clean from debris. Put them in a cooking pot, cover with half the sugar and leave for several hours. You can leave them in the refrigerator for about a day. During this time, the berries will give juice. When the sugar has partially melted, place the pot on the stove. In order not to crush the berries with a spatula, you can simply shake the container slightly so that the sugar is dispersed.
After boiling for five minutes, add the other half of the sugar. After that, you need to cook for about 20 minutes more, occasionally shaking the pan. The finished product is poured into small containers and removed to a cold place.
Honeysuckle jam with orange
Both those and other fruits for such a jam will require 0.5 kg of each, and another 1.5 kg of sugar and 1 liter of water. First you need to boil the syrup, add granulated sugar to boiling water and stir until completely dissolved. Peel off the oranges and cut into slices. Then they and the honeysuckle berries need to be added to the syrup and cooked over low heat for 5 minutes. After this, the pan is removed from the heat and allowed to cool.
After cooling down, another five-minute cooking is carried out and again allowed to cool. Then the procedure is repeated a third time. After that, the finished jam is packaged in jars. It is stored in a cool place.
Honeysuckle and rhubarb jam recipe
For such a jam, take honeysuckle berries, rhubarb stalks and sugar in equal proportions. The berries are cleaned of debris and washed well. Peel the rhubarb and cut it into small cubes. Then everything is mixed and sprinkled with sugar on top. After that, the pan is left for a while so that the berries and rhubarb give juice.
Then the pan is placed on the stove and the jam is cooked in two stages, 5 minutes each, keeping a pause between them for cooling. After the second cooking, the product is ready for packaging and storage.
How to make honeysuckle and currant jam
Black currant is one of the leaders in vitamin C content, so this product will be very useful. You will need 0.5 kg of black currant, the same amount of honeysuckle and 1.5 kg of sugar. The fruits must be well washed and twisted with a meat grinder, then add sugar on top and set aside for a while.
After that, the container with berries is placed on the stove, boiled for a maximum of five minutes and laid out in jars.
Important! You do not need to cook this jam, but then you will need to store it in the refrigerator.
How to make raspberry honeysuckle jam
You will need honeysuckle, raspberries and sugar in a ratio of 0.5: 0.5: 1.5. Unlike honeysuckle, you don't need to wash raspberries. The berries are mixed with each other and covered with granulated sugar to separate the juice. Usually they are left in this form overnight.
The next day, the pot is boiled again for 5-7 minutes. After that, the product can be closed in jars.
How to cook honeysuckle jam with strawberries
The proportions of strawberry and honeysuckle in this recipe can vary depending on the flavor. The amount of sugar is taken equal to the total weight of the berries. They are laid in a separate container, mixed with each other and covered with sugar to separate the juice. After a day, everything is mixed with sand and left for several more hours.
Then the jam is put on fire, heated to a boil and cooked with continuous stirring for 5-7 minutes. Ready jam is packed in jars.
Honeysuckle jam in a slow cooker
For this jam, sugar and berries are taken in a 1: 1 ratio. The fruits must be thoroughly rinsed, put in a multicooker bowl along with granulated sugar. They are usually left in this form overnight. After a day, the berries are mixed, the bowl is placed in a slow cooker for 1 hour in the "stewing" mode. Then the finished jam can be laid out in clean jars.
Terms and conditions of storage of honeysuckle jam
The jam that has not undergone heat treatment should be stored in the refrigerator. The same applies to conservation stored under a nylon lid. Jam that has been boiled during cooking can be stored at a higher temperature if covered with iron lids. The more sugar in the jam, the longer it will be stored.
Honeysuckle jam is not only a delicious dessert, but also a healing product. As you can see from the recipes, cooking it will not cause difficulties. Honeysuckle can be combined with a wide variety of berries, so don't be afraid to experiment. How to cook the simplest jam of these delicious and healthy fruits, you can watch the video at the link below.