Every boy or girl brought up in the countryside will have experienced this. And every maker of jam will know all about scum.
When your Mother (or Father) made her (or his) Raspberry or Strawberry Jam, they would always skim off a certain amount of 'scum' from the boiling jam, and place it in a small bowl, or on a saucer.
For the children of the house this was a real treat. A thick slice of fresh bread liberally spread with butter, and a good dollop of warm scum, was heaven on a plate. It was the Jam makers audience's treat.
I asked Lady Magnon recently if she'd like some scum. After rolling her eyes, and looking at me with suspicion, I explained what it was and she eventually tried some.
Her verdict? She loved it, after all it's just freshly made jam without the pips; although mine had some actual jam it in, leftover from the filled jars.
Looks good and I bet it tasted even better.ReplyDelete
It did, but I only licked the spoon.Delete
Goodness, I needed this today. Between the corona virus and the Bighorn fire burning near my home , jam and bread sounds so good to me.ReplyDelete
I thought scum was the stuff you didn't want ?
I don't think jam makers ever throw it away. There's always some small child around to eat it.Delete
"Scum" has for me many connotations - yours is a new definition :-) - but yes, I remember too to lick it from a little saucer when my grandmother made raspberry jam. Even the smell of the cooking: delicious! The colour of raspberry jam - I could dive into it!ReplyDelete
Britta so right about the colour - try raspberry and red currant, the colour is truly jewel-like.Delete
I made that last year, Tigger. We had loads of Redcurrants, and didn't know what else to do with them.Delete
Even though I've made my own damson jam I have never heard this expression. Yes, it's skimmed off the top but I wonder why an unappetising word was given to something that could be eaten?ReplyDelete
It's the later usage that is unpleasant, the original meaning is OK.Delete
Scum, yum. Like the burnt skin on a rice pudding. The best part.ReplyDelete
I prefer the scum to rice pudding; never liked it.Delete
I know of skimming jam but I didn't know the product of skimming was called scum.ReplyDelete
It's always been called that. Nice name eh?Delete
Scum is any froth on a liquid. I am surprised at the reaction to the word by so many commentators. I am appalled actually. It is the accepted English usage. Any other use of the word is pure slang.ReplyDelete
It was always called this, way before it was used for rampaging idiots.Delete
Same thing as the scum when I boil lentils. I don't find the word as unpalatable as some of your contributors.Delete
You really have to watch lentil scum; it can go crazy.Delete
We always called it scum too Cro and it was always better from raspberry or strawberry jam. How is it than when we were kids we could eat thick slices of home made bread, slathered with 'best' butter and then scum (we would be waiting for it to form) and never put on weight?ReplyDelete
We obviously have the same memories. Waiting in the kitchen for the scum plate to be handed over. Boy, it was delicious.Delete
I have never made jam but have tasted others. Raspberry is my favorite.ReplyDelete
Sugar is usually Lady M's department, but for Raspberry Jam I make an exception. It's such a wonderful jam to make. I have the raspberries, the special jam sugar ensures that it sets, and the end result is delicious. It even fills the house with perfume whilst it's being made.Delete
I never skim the scum. I just stir it all back into the jam mix as it boils and it disappears. Probably the colour isn't as clear but I'm not worried about that. I made apricot jam yesterday. My favourite and I also made a great hot chilli apricot sauce.ReplyDelete
I do the same when i make jam.Delete
I must admit that I usually do the same. Why waste good jam?Delete
Nice to see your own jam blog cro.......ReplyDelete
Just yours x
I rarely eat any sort of jam but my wife used to make it and I well remember the scum although I can't recall what she called it - definitely not scum anyway.ReplyDelete
Not really a jam eater. Love the aroma of it simmering away though.ReplyDelete
Yay, scum, from the raspberries in the field.ReplyDelete