First Preserves: Jams on iBooks®, offers tried-and-tested recipes for both the novice and the experienced preserver, detailed explanations of each stage of the preserving process, plus galleries of informative colour photographs and embedded video. We used the new multi-touch functionality to provide readers with a step-by-step video demonstration of the Raspberry & Apple Jam recipe.
A helpful “Define, Highlight, Note and Search” facility allows the reader to obtain definitions, explore further information online and set up a personal notebook to record all their thoughts about jams during the preserving process. All the equipment needed for successful jam-making is described, with direct links to suppliers’ websites in the U.K, U.S and Australia. I offer advice on preparing for competitions, divulge the key elements that judges are looking for and reveal the common faults in unsuccessful entries.
I am keen to dispel the myth that jam making is difficult, believing instead that it is a simple science. Making jam is a simple process of boiling sugar with cooked fruit and most jams can be made in under an hour. Follow a few straightforward rules and you have an inexpensive and rewarding activity you can enjoy over and over.
With First Preserves: Jams, I hope to bring the tradition of jam-making to a new audience, informing and inspiring beginners to get into the kitchen to make the popular preserve as well as encourage jam making enthusiasts to take their preserving to the next level and experience the excitement of entering a competition.