Friday, 22 July 2011

Mango Jam and Lavender Soap

I was given a free case of mangos last week and they ripened all at once :)  We ate a few fresh, but I put up the rest into this really tasty jam.  I found a few recipes on the web that sounded interesting so I combined the elements I liked from each of them and added my own twist.  Aren't those tiny little jars cute?  They don't hold more than 1/2 cup!  So sweet, and great to tuck in a gift basket of goodies at Christmas.  I know that my Grandma would love to have such a tiny jar for "just a wee taste".

7"ish" cups chopped mangos
1 398ml tin crushed pineapple (or fresh if you have it)
approximately 1/2 cup lemon juice
4-5 cups sugar depending on sweetness and ripeness of fruit
3Tbsp pectin
3-4 tsp of cinnamon (to taste)
approximately 1 tsp of cloves (to taste)
1 Tbsp of butter to keep foaming down

Boil down for about 30 minutes until pulp is really well cooked and syrupy thick.  Stir well and often.  Pour into sterilized hot jars and water bath process for appropriate length of time for your elevation.  

....and here's the lavender soap that Megan made the other day.  It's smells SO good!  She used lavender blossoms and good quality french lavender essential oil which were stirred in at trace.  She cut them into hefty bars that are just how she likes them ~ rustic and oversized.  I am SO proud of her!


  1. That is gorgeous soup and cut jam jars! Good gift ideas. I've started thinking about Christmas, we will see how the plans pan out.

  2. The jam and the soap both look so nice! love,andrea

  3. hi,
    your lavender soap looks great
    mmmh and your mango jam is wonderful.

  4. Can't believe I missed this..It is so pretty with the lavender mixed through....Well done.