Autumn has come into its own, but the berry season continues! Let cherries and cherry have to wait until next summer - but sparkle in the sun, like rubies, dogwood berries. And they are as precious as gems. Indeed, dogwood contains many useful substances and vitamins - and, importantly, most of them are preserved even during heat treatment. Therefore, it is possible (and necessary!) Not only to eat fresh dogwood in season, but also to compote compotes and preserves for the winter from ruby berries!
If fresh dogwood is too acidic, especially if it is harvested before the berries have fully ripened, make dogwood jam and you will get a delicious taste in which sourness, sweetness and light astringency are balanced.
A serving of dogwood treats will charge you with energy and health at least once a week! Dogwood tones and cheers up, therefore, stocking up with beautiful and tasty jam, you will be cheerful and cheerful all fall and winter! And colds and viruses will become unimportant to you - thanks to vitamin C, volatile and essential oils contained in cornel. If nevertheless it happened to “catch” ARI - precious berries will also help, since they have antipyretic properties.
Those who regularly eat dogwood, a healthy heart and strong nerves - thanks to the minerals potassium and magnesium. The high iron content in the berries maintains hemoglobin at the proper level, and beneficial plant substances - flavonoids - strengthen the walls of blood vessels and cleanse the body. Pectin improves digestion. He gives cornel jam a delicious consistency, reminiscent of confiture - without any thickeners and gelling additives. By the way, you can add cornel to other jams, for example, raspberry - it will turn out more thick and beautiful, similar to ruby jelly.
Dogwood also contains natural sugars - glucose and fructose. This couple is digested faster and better than refined sugar, so it charges with energy and positive much more effective than sweets! Here's another bonus for dogwood lovers - blood sugar levels will be normal. Therefore, instead of three tablespoons of sugar in tea or a chocolate bar, it is better to take a vase with useful, elegant and tasty cornel jam! And how to cook it, now you will find out.
Dogwood Jam Ingredients:
- 1 kg of dogwood;
- 800 g of sugar;
- A little water (at the bottom of the pan).
The most delicious and sweet berries are soft, dark cherry in color. But bright red, strong, slightly unripe are also suitable for jam - just adjust the amount of sugar to taste.
How to cook dogwood jam:
We rinse the berries in a colander and leave for a while to let the glass water. Pour a little water at the bottom of the saucepan - half a centimeter high, you don’t need a lot - dogwood will pour juice during cooking. It is better to choose an enameled or stainless steel dish. You can’t make jam in aluminum containers - when the berry juice comes in contact with the walls of the dishes, the oxidation reaction begins, as a result we can get not the usefulness that was expected, but quite the opposite.
Jam is cooked over low heat, stirring constantly
We spread the berries in a saucepan, pouring the layers with sugar: cornel sugar, cornel again, pour the remaining sugar on top. We put on the stove. The light makes the tiniest. If you put the pan on a big fire, the sugar will not have time to melt, and the jam may burn. And with gradual heating, the sugar will slowly melt, turning into berry syrup. Stirring the jam regularly, bring it to a boil and boil for about 10 minutes. Remove the pink sweet foam from boiling jam on a silver platter - when cool, treat the kids, it is very tasty!
Let the jam cool and stand for several hours, you can leave it overnight. Then we bring it to a boil again and boil for 10-15 minutes, put it in sterile jars and close it with screw caps. You can not use the sealing key - cornel jam is perfectly stored.