Are you about to start your first batch of jam and wondering if it’s possible to overcook jam? Jam is a mixture like other foods and yes, it is possible to overcook your jam, but there are different stages of overcooked and if you are not long in the overcooking process you may be able to salvage your jam.
The way to tell if your jam is overcooked is the hardness of your cooled mixture. For the perfect jam you want around 220-degrees Fahrenheit and once it’s at 250-degree f, you will get a hard ball, that is the stage you want to avoid. So yes if your jam turns out to be rock solid it’s overdone.
There is a bit of way from 220 degree and 250 degree, so if your ball is not totally solid you could salvage it. So if you want to save your jam, you should try this:
Step 1: Take out a small portion of your mixture:
We want to take a small portion to check if we can make our mixture into jam again. If we suceed with this amount, we might be able to salvage the whole batch.
Step 2: Take the small portion and add it into a sauce pan.
We want to recook and mix our mixture so see if we can get the texture to resemple jam/jelly again. So by adding heat and
Step 3: Add a small amount of water to the mixture to “fix” the texture.
Adding the water should happen slowly and if your small amount of mixture can be saved.
Keep going with the small portion and see if you can get a texture that resemples jam. If its cooked to long the fruit flavors will change and it might not taste how you want it and that is also the reason why we did not add the whole batch right away. Because the rest of the jam can be used if the small portion fails.
Okay, but lets say your overcooked jam is not completly overcooked and can be saved, then go and save the rest of the portion.
What If You Cant Save Your Jam?
Okay fear not – You dont have to throw out you mixture. It can be turned into something beautifull.
The Hard jam has now become homemade Hard candy 😀 Jummy.
Break your ball into whatever size you want and store it in an airtight container