How to make guava jam in the Filipino style?

Introduction: About Filipino Guava Jam

Filipino guava jam, also known as “guava jelly” or “guava marmalade,” is a sweet and tangy spread made from ripe guava fruits. It is a popular condiment used in the Philippines, often paired with bread, crackers, or cheese. Making guava jam in the Filipino style requires few ingredients, and the process is relatively simple. With this easy-to-follow guide, you can make your own homemade guava jam in no time!

Step 1: Preparing the Guava Fruit

To make guava jam, you will need ripe guava fruits. Wash the fruits thoroughly and cut them into small pieces. Remove the seeds and set them aside. The seeds can be used to make guava tea or can be discarded.

Step 2: Boiling the Guava Fruit

Place the guava pieces in a large pot and add enough water to cover them. Bring the mixture to a boil and then let it simmer until the guava is soft and mushy. This process can take up to 30 minutes.

Step 3: Straining the Guava Pulp

Once the guava is soft, remove the pot from the heat and let it cool down. Use a fine-mesh strainer to strain the pulp from the liquid. Press the pulp with a spoon to extract as much juice as possible. Discard the pulp and keep the liquid.

Step 4: Cooking the Guava Pulp

Return the guava liquid to the pot and bring it to a boil. Let it simmer for 10-15 minutes or until it thickens. Stir occasionally to prevent the liquid from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Step 5: Adding Sugar to the Guava Pulp

Once the guava liquid has thickened, add sugar. The amount of sugar you need will depend on your taste preference and the sweetness of your guava fruit. Start with 1 cup of sugar and add more if needed. Stir well until the sugar has dissolved.

Step 6: Adding Calamansi Juice

Add a tablespoon of calamansi juice to the guava mixture. Calamansi is a small citrus fruit commonly used in Filipino cuisine. It adds a tangy flavor to the jam and helps balance the sweetness.

Step 7: Adding Food Coloring (Optional)

If you want to give your guava jam a brighter color, you can add a few drops of red food coloring. This step is optional, and the jam will taste just as good without it.

Step 8: Testing for Gel Point

To check if your jam has reached the right consistency, you can perform a gel test. Spoon a small amount of the jam onto a chilled plate and let it cool for a few minutes. If it wrinkles when you push it with your finger, it is ready. If it is still runny, let it simmer for a few more minutes and test it again.

Step 9: Filling and Sealing the Jars

Once the jam has reached the desired consistency, you can transfer it to sterilized jars. Fill the jars with the jam, leaving a little bit of space at the top. Use a clean towel to wipe the rim of the jars and place the lids on top.

Step 10: Sterilizing the Jars

To ensure that your jam stays fresh for a long time, you need to sterilize the jars. Place the jars in a large pot and cover them with water. Bring the water to a boil and let the jars boil for 10-15 minutes. Remove the jars from the water and let them cool down.

Conclusion: Enjoying Your Homemade Guava Jam

Congratulations, you have made your own homemade guava jam in the Filipino style! Store the jars in a cool, dry place and enjoy your delicious jam with toast, crackers, or your favorite cheese. This recipe is easy to follow and can be adjusted to suit your taste preferences. Try experimenting with different fruits and flavors to create your own unique jam recipes.

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Elise DeVoe

Elise is a seasoned food writer with seven years of experience. Her culinary journey began as Managing Editor at the College of Charleston for Spoon University, the ultimate resource for college foodies. After graduating, she launched her blog, Cookin’ with Booze, which has now transformed into captivating short-form videos on TikTok and Instagram, offering insider tips for savoring Charleston’s local cuisine.

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