Overhead image of Gooseberry Thyme Jam on a wooden board with gooseberries and a sprig of thyme
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Gooseberry Thyme Jam

Gooseberry Thyme Jam is wonderfully tart with earthy floral notes from the thyme
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: British
Servings: 40 servings
Calories: 72kcal
Author: Georgina Hartley

Ingredients

  • 800 g gooseberries
  • 650 g granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves

Instructions

  • Pour the gooseberries into a large preserving pan with 200ml water. Turn onto a gentle heat and cook the gooseberries until they start to go a bit pulpy.
  • Sieve the gooseberry pulp and discard the skin and stem bits.
  • Clean out the preserving pan and place the gooseberry pulp back in with the granulated sugar and the thyme leaves.
  • Bring to a rolling boil, making sure to stir the bottom of the pan frequently so the fruit doesn’t stick. It should take 5-10 minutes from then to reach setting point.
  • Once the jam reaches 104°C or passes the saucer wrinkle test* then decant into sterilised jars*.

Notes

*The saucer wrinkle test basically requires you to put about 5 saucers in your freezer when you begin making your jam. Once you think the jam might be ready then you can double check by removing a saucer from the freezer, dropping a teaspoon of jam on it then placing the saucer in the fridge. After about 30 seconds remove the saucer and push the jam with your finger. If it wrinkles up it’s ready, if it just pools back into the space your finger has left then it needs more bubbling time. Boil it a bit longer, then test again with another saucer.
*To sterilise the jars place the very clean jars you would like to use in an oven pre-heated to 140°C for 20 minutes. Sterilise the lids by dropping them into a saucepan of boiling water for 10 minutes with a splash of vinegar. I don’t sterilise my lids in the oven as they tend to ruin.
Yield 5 200g jars

Nutrition

Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 5.7mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg