Tag: jam

Raspberry Jam

I’m not some hipster where everything has to be homemade and local in order for me to enjoy it.  That said, there is something satisfying about crafting your own products.  I have a job that is online and markets others people’s stuff but I don’t make anything myself.  That is why it feels good to take raw materials and make something usable out of your efforts.

Yesterday I had such an experience and I turned a bunch of these:

jam3Into these:

jamIsn’t that impressive? I’m impressed by my efforts at the least! And to make it even better the jam tastes good my friends!  (It’s set up more now than last night when I had this toast)

jam4The great thing is it is very simple to make.  In fact, I didn’t even follow the recipe right and it still turned out right.

I had 10 cups of raspberries and I used 10 tbsp of this real fruit pectin (any pectin will do).

jam5Then you mash the raspberries (mine were very soft so just a spoon was all I needed).  Then I had 20 tsp of lemon juice.  I saved myself from all the juicing by using bottled juice since it is mostly for the acid.

lemon juiceThen add 2 tbsp butter and let mixture boil for 2 minutes.  (I put sugar in at this point but you aren’t supposed too. I read the directions incorrectly but it didn’t matter).

Take off heat add the sugar 10 cups (It makes a lot of jam) and then let it get to a rolling boil again (so it can’t be stopped by stirring).  Let boil for 2 minutes.

Let cool and then skim off any foam and put into jars.  I don’t use a canner for this kind of jam.  All you have to do is put on the seal and ring and turn it upside down and it will set. (you can tell if it is set if you press down on the seal and it doesn’t pop back up on you.

And that’s it!! Raspberry is the easiest of all because aside from washing there is no prep work for the fruit.  That’s what made peach jam so difficult is the peeling, pitting and chopping of the fruit.  I have also made strawberry jam and that is so good but is still more work than raspberry (but a lot less expensive).

All of them are delicious and fun to make.  Especially if you have a family it could be a great project.  I would like to branch out into other types of preserves such as ketchups, chutneys and pickles.  Do any of you can or preserve your food?  I’d love to hear your recipes.

Strawberry Jam

For a long time I have wanted to learn how to can and preserve food.  I can’t really explain but it just looks like fun to me.  Oddly enough the only thing I have ever canned is strawberry jam.  This was years ago before my mission when I made jam using the sweet berries that are sold in California by the Vietnamese and Loation refuges.  They are one of the best food items I’ve ever tasted.  A couple summer’s we would buy more than we could eat so we made strawberry jam.

With this memory in my mind when Kate told me they were offering a strawberry add-on where you could get 8 lbs of strawberries, splitting that between the two of us that would make 4 lbs each.  Obviously that would be a lot for me to eat on my own so I decided to make jam.  I particularly like homemade strawberry jam over store bought because I don’t really like the big chunks of strawberry that is  usually in strawberry jam.  I blend it up pretty fine so the resultant jam has more of the consistency of jelly without straining the fruit pulp out.

So yesterday I got to work.

Strawberry Jam

First you have to cut the stems off the strawberries.

strawberry2

Then you blend the strawberry mixture (or part of the strawberry mixture depending on how chunky you like it).

Next add it to a pot and turn on heat.

beginning of jam

Once it starts to simmer add in sugar. 4 cups for each lb of strawberries used. (It’s a lot but the recipe goes a long way and if you think about it you only use a little in each sitting so don’t worry!  You can use sugar free but I am not experienced enough to try that).

Add in the gelatin (1 box for each lb of strawberries) and bring to a boil, the juice from 2 lemons and 1/4 cup of  butter.  Cook at a rolling boil for 3 minutes Skimming off foam as you go.

jam phase 2

While it is boiling sterilize jars, lids and seals using hot water.  Then fill the jars with hot jam . I like to use my collapsable funnel to fill the jars.  This helps minimize mess and getting burned by hot sticky jam.  It looks like this:

collapsable funnel

Once the jars are full (leave a centimeter or two for the jam to expand and create a good seal) wipe off the edges and put hot lids on as quickly as you can.   Then turn them upside down.  This helps create a seal.  You do not need to water bath the jars for this recipe.  Some won’t seal and the button on the top is popped up.  Use those right away or for the freezer.

all the jam

After a few minutes upside down turn them the right way (or you will have space at the bottom of  your jar which looks funny.  Then let them sit for several hours, it took overnight for it to really set.  (luckily it did set.  Always a risk with jam!)

YUM! Toast with butter and homemade jam
YUM! Toast with butter and homemade jam
Pretty!
Pretty jam!

 

Proud Mama of her jam
Proud Mama of her jam

It was fun to do something so domestic and do it well.  Today someone told me I looked like a Grecian Goddess! I think I was inspired by my jam success.

What do you guys like to can, bottle or preserve?

So who wants some!  Btw, 3 more comments until I get to 2,000 comments.