The benefits and recipes of red currant jam

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The benefits and recipes of red currant jam
The benefits and recipes of red currant jam

Composition, calorie content, benefits and harms of red currant jam. Berry dessert recipes. Pastries and savory dishes with the addition of jam.

Red currant jam is a traditional Russian dessert, which is obtained by boiling berries in their own juice with sugar, after which they are poured into sterilized jars for long-term storage. There are many cooking recipes, but this is considered a classic one: first, the berries are covered with sugar, after they give juice, they are boiled for 10-15 minutes, cooled, then boiled and cooled again and, finally, the procedure is repeated a third time. This is usually enough to make a delicious thick red currant jam. However, it should be noted that the dessert is not only tasty, but also healthy, and you can use it in the kitchen not only as an independent dessert, but also as a component for preparing various sweet dishes.

Composition and calorie content of red currant jam

Red currant jam
Red currant jam

In the photo, red currant jam

Berry preparation can be attributed to low-calorie desserts, despite the fact that, as a rule, there is a large amount of sugar in it.

Calorie content of red currant jam - 270 kcal, of which

  • Proteins - 0.9 g;
  • Fat - 0.1 g;
  • Carbohydrates - 69, 2 g.

The berry dessert is easy to add to the diet, because it contains almost no fat. However, both diet and a healthy diet in general involve limiting sugars, and therefore, despite the low calorie content, you should not abuse the product.

The berry itself has a rich vitamin and mineral composition.

Vitamins per 100 g

  • Vitamin A, RE - 33 mcg;
  • Beta carotene - 0.2 mg;
  • Vitamin B1, thiamine - 0.01 mg
  • Vitamin B2, riboflavin - 0.03 mg;
  • Vitamin B4, choline - 7.6 mg;
  • Vitamin B5, pantothenic acid - 0.06 mg;
  • Vitamin B6, pyridoxine - 0.14 mg;
  • Vitamin B9, folate - 3 mcg;
  • Vitamin C, ascorbic acid - 25 mg;
  • Vitamin E, alpha-tocopherol - 0.5 mg;
  • Vitamin H, biotin - 2.5 mcg;
  • Vitamin K, phylloquinone - 11 mcg;
  • Vitamin PP, NE - 0.3 mg;
  • Niacin - 0.2 mg

Macronutrients per 100 g

  • Potassium - 275 mg;
  • Calcium - 36 mg;
  • Silicon - 70 mg;
  • Magnesium - 17 mg;
  • Sodium - 21 mg;
  • Sulfur - 14 mg;
  • Phosphorus - 33 mg;
  • Chlorine - 73, 3 mg.

Microelements per 100 g

  • Aluminum - 31.9 mcg;
  • Boron - 55 mcg;
  • Vanadium - 0.76 mcg;
  • Iron - 0.9 mg;
  • Iodine - 0.8 mcg;
  • Cobalt - 4 mcg;
  • Lithium - 3 mcg;
  • Manganese - 0.16 mg;
  • Copper - 107 mcg;
  • Molybdenum - 24 mcg;
  • Nickel - 2.3 mcg;
  • Rubidium - 8.1 mcg;
  • Selenium - 0.6 mcg;
  • Strontium - 3.4 mcg;
  • Fluorine - 17 mcg;
  • Chromium - 0.2 mcg;
  • Zinc - 0.23 mg.
  • Zirconium - 8.3 mcg.

In addition, currants contain such valuable elements as organic and fatty acids, antioxidant substances, flavonoids, phytoncides, pectins, essential oils, tannins. Of course, you need to understand that cooking and storage destroys vitamins and minerals, but by no means completely, and many useful components remain in the red currant jam.

Useful properties of red currant jam

Red currant jam and berries
Red currant jam and berries

Jam, of course, is not a record holder for the content of a particular vitamin or mineral, but it makes an important contribution to the overall vitamin and mineral balance of the body. Dessert is recommended as a general tonic, which is effective for stimulating immunity, reducing the likelihood of developing anemia, various vitamin deficiencies and deficiencies.

The benefits of red currant jam:

  1. Normalization of the digestive system … The product contains pectin - this substance is very important for the normal functioning of the intestines, it gently stimulates peristalsis, reducing the likelihood of constipation and helping to remove toxins and toxins from the body. And thanks to the presence of B vitamins - the main vitamins that are required for normal metabolism - metabolism improves.
  2. Immunity support and help treat colds … Berry dessert is able to strengthen the body's defenses and not only protect against various diseases, but also help in their treatment. It is very important to close red currant jam for the winter, because it is especially effective for colds. The product has antipyretic, diaphoretic and even analgesic properties, so it will not only reduce fever, but also eliminate unpleasant symptoms such as headache and sore throat.
  3. Prevention of anemia … Due to the presence of a wide range of vitamins and minerals in the composition, the product makes an important contribution to the prevention of anemia. This dessert is often recommended for pregnant women, especially in the first trimester, during this period it helps not only to reduce the likelihood of various deficiencies, but also to save from toxicosis, accompanied by nausea, since the jam has a sweet and sour taste.
  4. Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect … The product contains anti-inflammatory components - flavonoids and phytoncides, as well as various antioxidants. All this helps the body in the prevention of inflammatory processes, and also prevents the destruction of cells by free radicals, which in turn saves from early aging and the development of oncological processes.
  5. Beneficial effect on the nervous system … Dessert can have a positive effect on brain activity and mood. A cup of tea with simple red currant jam will invigorate, increase concentration, and set you up for work. It's great to eat such a dessert after a hearty dinner, in which case it will not only not greatly affect the blood sugar level, but it will also help you to work actively and with the mood in the afternoon.

It is important to note that five-minute red currant jam will be the most useful, since in this case the dessert is cooked for a minimum amount of time, which allows you to save more nutrients. A separate line is live jam, which is berries, grated with sugar, and then frozen. It is, of course, even more useful, but in order to close such a "jam", you need to have a large freezer, at the moment when the five-minute can be stored at room temperature.

Contraindications and harm of red currant jam

Diabetes mellitus as a contraindication of red currant jam
Diabetes mellitus as a contraindication of red currant jam

Despite the fact that berry dessert has many useful properties, before making red currant jam, it is important to also familiarize yourself with potential contraindications.

First, it is worth noting that it is very important to eat the product in moderation. 2-3 teaspoons of jam a day is enough to get benefits and pleasure from it, but not harm yourself - after all, it contains a large amount of sugar. It is sugar that is the main problem of the dessert and the reason why the product is contraindicated for people with diabetes and a predisposition to the disease.

In addition, red currant jam can be harmful to those who have dental problems. The combination of sugar and organic acids is damaging to enamel and can cause serious problems.

Red currant jam is prohibited also when

  • hemophilia, as it affects blood clotting;
  • diseases of the digestive system, especially those accompanied by high acidity - in this case, a large amount of organic acids contained in the product can cause irritation and damage to the mucous membrane, or aggravate existing damage;
  • hepatitis - in this case, there may also be a worsening of the course of the disease.

In addition, do not forget about the possible individual intolerance to the product. Therefore, for the first time, you need to give it to children with caution. Also, it is necessary to eat jam with caution for lactating women and people prone to allergies.

Note! If you have any medical condition that requires a therapeutic diet, be sure to consult with your doctor about the possibility of the presence of dessert in your diet.

Red currant jam recipes

Curd casserole with red currant jam
Curd casserole with red currant jam

Beautiful and appetizing red currant jam will decorate any table: serve it with fresh bread and aromatic tea, and you can already please your household. However, berry dessert can also come in handy for baking. In addition, often, due to the presence of sourness in the taste, it is used to create sauces, dressings, marinades for savory dishes.

Several recipes with red currant jam:

  • Curd casserole with berries … Whisk whites (3 pieces) with sugar (70 g) and vanilla (1.5 g). Add cottage cheese (500 g), stir until smooth. Put semolina (5 tbsp), jam (2 tsp), red currant berries (150 g), mix everything well. Pour the dough into a mold, bake for 40-50 minutes at 180 ° C.
  • Quick mannik … Mix semolina, flour and sugar (glass each). Add egg (1 piece), milk (1 cup), baking soda (1/2 tsp), vegetable oil (1/2 cup), jam (2 tablespoons). Mix everything well. Pour into a mold, bake for 30-40 minutes at 180 ° C.
  • Jam cookies … Beat an egg (1 piece) with sugar (200 g), add melted butter (200 g), then flour (400 g) and baking soda (1/2 tsp), knead the shortbread dough. Divide the dough in two - approximately 2 to 3. Place the smaller part in the freezer for 20 minutes. Line a baking sheet with baking paper, form a large rectangular layer of most of the dough. Top with jam (200 g). Rub the frozen dough, form the top layer of the shavings. Bake for half an hour at 200 ° C. Remove, cut into squares, place on a plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  • Goose with port wine sauce … Prepare the goose (1 piece): rinse, remove large chunks of fat and pierce with a fork all over the skin. Rub the carcass with salt, wrap the wings and legs with foil so that they do not burn. Put in the oven, preheated to 220 ° C, after 20 minutes, remove, drain off excess fat, reduce the temperature to 180 ° C and bake for another 1.5-2 hours. In the meantime, peel and boil the potatoes (2 kg) for 10-15 minutes, transfer them to the goose 20-30 minutes until tender, pour well with fat from a baking sheet. Peel the apples (6 pieces), remove the core, cut into wedges, also cut the lemon (1/2 piece). Put the fruit in a frying pan, add water (2 tablespoons), sugar (1 tablespoon), simmer for 30-40 minutes, then cool and whisk in a blender. In another pan, fry the onion (3 pieces) in olive oil, cut into half rings, when it turns golden, add port (250 ml), jam (2 tablespoons), mustard powder (1 tsp), pink peppercorns (10 pieces), water (750 ml), simmer for 15 minutes, add granular mustard (1 tsp). Pour the sauce over the goose 5-10 minutes until tender. Serve the cooked dish from the oven with applesauce and lemon puree.
  • Salad with cheese and carrots … Peel, steam or bake carrots (1 piece). You can also put it in a skillet, pour in some water and simmer for 10 minutes on each side. Chop the rosemary (1 sprig). Cut mozzarella cheese (1 ball) in half, place on a serving plate, sprinkle with rosemary. Place carrots next to it, sprinkle with olive oil. For dressing, use a mixture of red currant jam (2 tablespoons) and fresh berries (30 g). If necessary, salt and pepper the finished dish, garnish with herbs.

Interesting facts about red currant jam

Red currant berries on bush branches
Red currant berries on bush branches

It is best to prepare currant jam of optimal ripeness. Unripe berries will be sour, and you will have to use more sugar, overripe berries may begin to ferment, and the jam will not work at all.

Be sure to add lemon juice or acid to the jam at the end of cooking - these components play the role of a preservative, they will save the dessert from mold and sugar.

Use a bowl or pan with a wide bottom for cooking, so the berries will boil quickly and evenly.

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Red currant jam is a tasty and healthy dessert that will delight both households and guests. Be sure to prepare a jar for the winter - strengthen your immune system and delight yourself with delicious teas and pastries.