Carrot Jam: How to use those old, tired carrots

Carrot Jam: How to use those old, tired carrots

Mrs Beeton: Carrot Jam, to imitate apricot preserve. No 1525

Well, Mrs Beeton ‘s carrot jam certainly looks like apricot jam! This has to be the most glorious colour of jam I’ve seen. Preserves tend to be fairly dark shades, but this is the colour of a glorious sunset!

We tend not to hear much of Carrot Jam these days, not even on vegan recipe websites.  I’ve certainly never seen it on sale!  But it turns out that it used to be quite popular.  So this is a genuine Victorian flavour.  We’re taking a little step into history and finding out the sort of thing our ancestors ate!

And we’ve all had old, tired carrots lying around that aren’t good enough to serve up, but we don’t want to throw away and waste.  Unlike some other of Mrs Beeton’s recipes for using up old food (such as her horrendous Bread Soup!), this really works!

The flavour is a strange one. Not unpleasant, although my kids didn’t like it (or at least, Seren liked it for a couple of minutes until I told her what it was made from!). It’s just that we expect jams to have fruity flavours, and this doesn’t. It’s also not as sweet as jam is usually these days.

I found also that the sugar crystallized in the top couple of inches after a couple of days, so the jam became crunchy. I don’t know what could have happened to have caused this. If you have any ideas, please leave them in the comments below.

Carrot Jam Recipe

1525. INGREDIENTS – Carrots; to every lb. of carrot pulp allow 1 lb. of pounded sugar, the grated rind of 1 lemon, the strained juice of 2, 6 chopped bitter almonds, 2 tablespoonfuls of brandy.

Mode.—Select young carrots; wash and scrape them clean, cut them into round pieces, put them into a saucepan with sufficient water to cover them, and let them simmer until perfectly soft; then beat them through a sieve. Weigh the pulp, and to every lb. allow the above ingredients. Put the pulp into a preserving-pan with the sugar, and let this boil for 5 minutes, stirring and skimming all the time. When cold, add the lemon-rind and juice, almonds and brandy; mix these well with the jam; then put it into pots, which must be well covered and kept in a dry place. The brandy may be omitted, but the preserve will then not keep: with the brandy it will remain good for months.

Time.—About 3/4 hour to boil the carrots; 5 minutes to simmer the pulp.

Average cost, 1s. 2d. for 1 lb. of pulp, with the other ingredients in proportion.

Sufficient to fill 3 pots.

Seasonable from July to December.


Carrot Jam Pin based on the Mrs Beeton recipe

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Lori Zeitler

    omg what a wonderful idea, the w=sweetness of the carrots must be delicious in a jam. Definitely going to try this, thank you.

  2. Hannah

    I have come carrots in my fridge right now that are just dying to become jam!

  3. Aubrey

    Never heard of this!! Seems like such a unique way to use u a lot of carrots from our garden!! Will have to try it!

    1. It was a totally new one for me too. I tired it mostly because it seemed so unique. But it’s a good flavour!

      It seems it was widely eaten a couple of centuries ago. But these days, we tend to think of jams and jellies as being made from fruit. For that reason alone, carrot jam seems to have fallen out of favour!

  4. oluborode

    This looks good. Will definitely try this out. Thanks for this amazing recipe.

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