If you have been reading this site last year I got the “hip” idea to infuse flavored teas that I have found at our local tea store into my jams and preserves. I found that some of the teas really improved the intense flavors of the fruit and other gave them a deeper richer flavor.
Since I needed to put up another batch of the Kiwi Pineapple Jam for an upcoming competition I chopped all the Kiwifruit and decided that I had another 3 cups to create something different. In the pantry was an Indian Spice tea which when paired last year with black plums was one of the best jams of the season. I wanted to come away from the pineapple flavor and using the tea with lemon juice it gave me the flavor and acid needed to create a really different but paradise of a jam.
I again slow cooked this fruit to see if I could draw out most of the air to get the Kiwi more evenly throughout the jar without it all floating to the top. As I took the spatula to remove the final air in the jar the jam was starting to set a bit and the thickness of the jam forced the fruit to stay down. The jars looked the best I have been able to get with Kiwi thus far. It was an interesting idea of letting the jam sit for a few minutes to set.
Here is the recipe:
Kiwi Spiced Tea Jam
- 3 cups Kiwifruit, chopped
- 2 T. Indian spice tea (your choice)
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1/2 cup bottled lemon juice
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 T. Ball Flex pectin no sugar/low sugar
- Steep tea in the boiling water and set aside. In a small dutch oven or stainless steel pot add the kiwi and heat to a simmer.
- Add the tea liquid discarding the leaves. Continue to simmer for an additional 20 minutes.
- Add the sugar and lemon juice. Bring mixture to a boil and then add the pectin and return to a full boil for 1 minute. Skim foam if necessary.
- Using sterilized jars ladle the recipe into 4 half pint jars, remove air bubbles and refill to 1/4" headspace.
- Using a wet paper towel clean rims, add heated lids and add rings. Process in the water bath at a full boil for 10 minutes.
- Turn off heat, wait five minutes and remove jars and set on dish towel on the counter overnight.
- The next day label your jars and remove rings for storage.