|Jars for Jam!!!|
Since it just so happens that it is Tuesday that meant that the farmers market on Kings Drive was open so after I got the jars I made my way there to get some homegrown berries! At this point I wasn't quite sure what kind I was going to make but when I got there I decided to make Strawberry! Now lets get down to business...
- 1 Gallon Strawberries
- 1 Pint Blueberries
- 1 Granny Smith Apple
- 1 Large Navel Orange
- 1 Lemon
- 5 Cups Sugar
|All the Ingredients|
- Wash the strawberries in cold water and remove the green parts!!! Cut them in halves or quarters depending on how chunky you want your jam, I did it watching Wimbledon which made it more tolerable!
- Dump the strawberries into a large pot (a dutch oven would be optimal but I do not have one) and pour all of the sugar on top and combine! It seems like a lot of sugar but trust me it isn't! You can also substitute Splenda or Truvia if you want!
- Turn the stove on medium and then add the juice of one orange and the zest of a lemon as well as half of a lemon juiced!
Mixing the Sugar
- Add the blueberries and apple...chop the apple into a relatively fine chop and mix it all together!
- Let the mixture maintain a boil and let cook for about 20-30 minutes being careful to make sure that it does not boil over because it would be a big big big sticky mess!
- Scoop off the foam that forms on the top of the jam...it is not a very good consistency in your jam, but taste it because it is really really yummy! I saved mine in a little cup and put it on a biscuit!
- Now for the fun part...putting it in the jars to preserve it! Now you dont have to do this if you just want to eat it within about 2 weeks! You can put it in a tupperware in the fridge and you are good to go but I wanted to preserve mine to share with friends! So first wash and sterilize the jars in hot water and get them all ready!
- Fill the jars until there is about 1/2 an inch at the top of the jar so that the air has space to leave!
- Put the lids on and place the jars in a pot of boiling water for 5-10 minutes! Make sure that the water is covering the tops and be careful when you take them out because they are HOT!!!
- Finally...let the jam cool to room temperature (probably overnight) and then enjoy! I put little labels on mine and some twine for decoration!
|Foam on Top|
|Lids On Tight|
|Boil To Seal|
|Britney's Homemade Jam|
|Give Away To Friends|
Oh if you want some jam let me know :)