I only found out last year that there is an easy way of making jam (as in, without cooking and canning.) Unfortunately, by the time I learned of this last year, it was too late to buy fresh strawberries. This year, however, I really wanted to try it. I was almost too late to buy fresh berries, but found a stand selling them a couple of days after all the other places were done for the season.
Turns out, making jam really is that easy!
whatever ingredients are listed on your brand of pectin for preparation (I used Certo crystals, which only requires water)
First, hull your berries, then stick them in the food processor (or blender) until they are the desired consistency. Some people like them completely pureed, I made mine slightly chunky.
Then, (following the directions in the Certo box)I mixed my berries with sugar..I put a little less sugar than was called for and it still turned out fine, but be careful not to change the ratios TOO much or your jam may not set properly.
I then prepared the pectin on the stove. It was at this point that I realized that I had prepared a double batch of berries, and only had one box of pectin. Eek! I found another box of pectin that had come with a canning set we bought last year, but it was a different brand so I wasn’t sure if it would set properly. I totally ignored the directions for use on the different brand, and did the same as with the Certo. Probably not wise, but it worked out in the end.
I mixed the hot pectin and water mixture in with the berries, then put them into containers to set overnight.
This morning, I tried some, and yum! It set perfectly despite my messing with the instructions.
I’m thinking I might make some peach jam later in the summer..yum.
Making your own jam maybe doesn’t cost that much less than buying it from the store, but it was fun to make, and I like knowing exactly what is in the jam. I was able to cut back the sugar, and there are no preservatives with names I can’t pronounce in it.
Have you ever made your own jam?