Making jam with what you have to hand is one of my favourite things. This Middle Eastern carrot jam with Orange and Pistachio is a case in point. Throw goodies into a jar and they come out even better, that’s jammin!
Carrots, love’em to bits. We go through lots of carrots, I’m sure Idgy and I must have been rabbits in a past life, at least distant relatives of Bugs Bunny and we must surely have raided Mr McGregor’s veggie patch at some time in a past history.
We both nibble them raw, I make French carrot salad every week, we have them steamed, roasted, boiled, in soup, pureed, chopped and sliced.
I love making them into jam. In fact this jam is actually hitting top marks just now on the breakfast charts, it is even beating my all time favourite of apricot.
I have been making carrot jam for years, but this summer I wanted to add a bit of interest so threw in some pistachio nuts and cooked the carrots in orange juice, the results – wow, Peter Rabbit would be proud of me.
Ingredients for carrot jam
Carrots – the stars of this carrot jam recipe of course. Make sure they are in good condition and not soft or damaged.
Citrus – orange for the flavour that marries so well with carrots and lemon for its zinginess and setting properties.
Sugar – any white sugar will do here. If you use a brown sugar you will get a deeper more caramel type taste which doesn’t work with this fresh Middle Eastern type carrot jam.
Nuts – I’m using pistachio nuts here, but if you don’t like those you could always use almonds or walnuts instead.
The complete list of ingredients and full instructions for making this recipe can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
How to make carrot jam
First you will want to peel and chop the carrots, grate the zest off the orange and squeeze out the juice.
Cook the carrots in the orange juice along with the zest. This really gets that orange flavour right into the carrots and adds terrific depth of flavour to your carrot jam.
Once the carrots are soft and tender b;itz with either a hand blender wand or use a potato masher.
Add the sugar and lemon juice along with the pistachio nuts and heat till the sugar dissolves completely.
Now raise the temperature so your carrot jam is boiling and keep it bubbling away till it reaches that magical setting point of 105C.
How long does carrot jam keep?
Your Middle Eastern carrot jam will keep for up to a year in a cool cupboard. Once you have opened any jam you should store it in the fridge and use up within a month.
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Serving ideas for carrot jam
Serve this carrot orange and pistachio jam on everything from toast and scones to pancakes and toasted sandwiches with chicken or cheese.
Stir some into your Greek yogurt in the morning.
Use as a glaze on roasted chicken or pork.
Add some carrot jam to Asian and Middle Eastern recipes when you want a sweet fruity hit of flavour.
Eat your heart out bunnies this one’s for us!
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Middle Eastern carrot jam with orange and pistachio
- 800 g carrots
- 2 oranges zest and juice
- 500 g white sugar
- 1 lemon juice and zest
- 50 g pistachio nuts chopped
- Peel and roughly chop the carrots.
- Grate the zest off the oranges and squeeze out the juice.
- Cook the carrots in the orange juice with the zest until they are completely tender.
- After cooking zap them to a pulp, you should get about 750g/1lb 11oz of pulp.
- Now add the jam sugar, grated zest of lemon and the lemon juice and those chopped up pistachios.
- Heat gently to dissolve the sugar and raise to a boil. Bubble away until you reach your setting point (that chilled saucer in the freezer for 5 minutes teaspoon of the jam on it and back to fridge for 5 mins to see if it sets enough) and then spoon this gorgeously bright golden zingy jam into sterilised jars .