This flavoursome and so colourful piquant jam only contains ginger, chillies, lemon rind and honey. It is a jam totally made in heaven. It is a must have at all times.
Wash and slice the small chillies and chop the peppers. Please drain or tap with a kitchen towel for any water droplets.
Sterilise the jar(s) - see recipe note how
Place all chillies in a pan or a pot on medium fire. Add the salt, sugar and the vinegar. You can add 1-2 tbsp water if you wish to end up with a little more syrup. I did not add any water this time.
Cook for about 10-15 min uncovered on medium heat.
Add the ginger and the lemon zest, mix and allow to cook for a further 3 min uncovered. The syrup texture should be one of a runny honey.
Take some syrup out on a plate, allow it to cool slightly and if it splits when you draw a line with your finger thought the middle of the syrup it should remain split, it is ready. It will thicken more after. Be careful and keep a good eye on it, don’t go away while making it as it can caramelise fairly quick. The heat should be meduim to low.
Once you have decided it’s ready, have a steralised jar or two smaller ones ready and transfer it carefully into these. Close with the lid and wrap into a towel so it will slowly cool down.
Squeeze a dash of lemon juice and give it a nice grind of freshly ground black or red peper at the very end just before turning the heat off.
Sterilising the jars
The process of sterilising is easy and a very quick one but absolutely crucial part of preserving, therefore do not skip it.
It simply helps to remove the bacteria that may subsequently make the preserve go bad fairly fast. That's all it is really.
There are two ways of doing it, one is to heat the oven at 130 C /275 F not higher as jars may break. Place them on a baking sheet or any paper/newspaper making sure they do not touch each other. Sterilise for 15-20 mins. Allow them to cool slightly after the time is up and using some heat gloves take them out and place on something that is heatproof. Use immediately.
I always start the sterilisation procedure at the same time with the jam making as they take pretty much the same amount of time. I always do work in parallel to save time but also to come at perfect timing with all.
So, the jam has to be placed in the jars while boiling and the jar is hot. This applies to any preserve.
I know for me this jam is not really a preserve because it does not last that long but... I still do it.
Note about sterilising...
Whatever you do, never put cold content into the hot jars or you will end up with a shattered jar.