Is Anyone Brave Enough to try This Apple Jam?

On a recent trip to our archives department, I came across this recipe in a copy of the “Friend” from September 1870. I don’t know whether I’m intrigued or alarmed by it! Here it is, absolutely word for word. Anyone brave enough to try – or eat – it?



Weigh equal quantities of brown sugar and good sour apples; pare, core and chop them fine; make a good clear syrup of the sugar.

Add the apples, the juice and grated rind of three lemons, and a few pieces of white ginger.

Boil it till the apple looks clear and yellow; this resembles foreign sweetmeats.

On no account omit the ginger.


Please note, the jam is not pictured above.

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Angela Gilchrist

Angela is Former Editor-in-Chief of “The People’s Friend” magazine. Her passions include cats, Highland ponies, good books, vegetarian food and long walks in the Scottish countryside. Her favourite place to get away from it all is the magical Isle of Skye.