Our kids love Lilly Pilly’s straight off our tree. We only have one, we must plant some more! but the tree has been overflowing with fruit. After picking a bucket we decided we’d make some jam with them. It would technically be more like jelly than jam but the flavour is delicious!
The boys picked about 4 cupfuls. With the below recipe, I’ve not used specific measurements as then you can adjust it to the amount you pick off your tree.
Lilly Pilly Jam
- Lilly Pilly’s
- Lemon Juice
- Rinse your Lilly Pilly’s to make sure they are clean. Add them to a saucepan and cover them with water. Approximately 1cm above the Lilly Pilly’s. Boil for 1 hour.
- While your Lilly Pilly’s are boiling, sterilise your jars.
- Strain your Lilly Pilly’s through a fine sieve. You can use Muslin cloth for a finer strain, however we did not use this.
- Next you need to measure the amount of Lilly Pilly liquid you have. I did this as I was adding it to a clean saucepan. Return the liquid to a full rolling boil, then add the same amount of sugar as the Lilly Pilly liquid. (We found this jam to be quite sweet and next time will experiment with less sugar).
- For each 350ml of liquid, add the juice of 1 lemon. You could also use pectin, just follow the directions on the packet.
- Continue to boil the liquid, sugar and lemon juice for a few minutes. Make sure you a constantly stirring.
- To check if the liquid is thick enough, pour a small amount of boiling jam on a plate, and put it in the freezing for a few minutes. If the mixture gels, it should be done
- Add your liquid to your jars and let them cool.
- We decided that we would reboil the lilly pilly’s again as there was still so much colour on them. So we redid the recipe and it was just as successful. There is definitely a colour difference in the jam as you can see below in the photo.