The jam prices have gone sky high in recent years and what’s better than preparing your own red onion jam at home and save some hard earned cash. The process of making this heavenly jam, enriched with complex flavours, is not as hard as some of you may think. The sweetness of caramelised onion can be easily achieved by following the recommended technique and procedure. Furthermore when decorated with a homemade label, this jam can also be served as a gift to your friends or a family members.
Butter - 2 tbsp
Olive oil - 2 tbsp
Red onions, peeled and very thinly sliced - 4
Brown sugar - 3 tbsp
Granulated sugar - 3 tbsp
Salt - ½ tbsp
Black pepper - ½ tbsp
Dried thyme leaves - ½ tbsp
Balsamic or sherry vinegar - ½ cup
Take a medium sized sauce pan and wash it thoroughly using warm water.
Now let it dry completely. This step is crucial to make sure that no residue of the product which was previously encased in the jar, affect the taste of the jam.
Place the sauce pan on the stove and heat it at medium temperature.
Unwrap the butter and add it into the sauce pan. Add olive oil and shake the pan to ensure thorough mixing of the two ingredients.
You may also choose to mix the butter and olive oil in medium sized oil before pouring the mixture into the sauce pan.
This will help you avoid swirling and shaking pan.
Use a peeler to peel the onions and cut small slices with a knife. Wash the onions and add them to the sauce pan already containing butter and olive oil.
Wait for the onions to be slightly cooked before adding rest of the ingredients including black pepper, thyme, salt and sugars.
Continue to stir and cook for at least 15 minutes on relatively low heat. Frequent stirring is recommended to prevent sugar from burning.
Pour in Vinegar and continue to stir for another 30 to 40 minutes.
Remove the mixture and allow it to cool at room temperature.
Now chill the jam in the refrigerator for about 2-3 hours.