April 22, 2012
On the left here is my bucket. I really had to use self control so I would not pick one for the bucket, and one for my mouth.
And to the right there is J, working hard to pick me fresh berries :)
You will need:
Fruit of your choice- a lot of it.
Canning jars, lids and rings
Above you see me prepping the berries. You also see my feet. I'm not a professional photographer, don't judge. Set up a station where you can grab, hull, and put the berries in a collander to be rinsed. You will notice that this is not a recipe. Well, my jam making is not an exact science... I do not like a lot of sugar in my jam, so it is important that while you cook, you taste test (oh, woe is me!) so that you can add things as you see fit. Do not be scared by the creative leeway. Some of the best things I have made in the kitchen were by tasting and changing recipes. Be confident!
Anyways, bring this mixture to a rolling boil, stirring frequently, for about 20 minutes. At this point, add in 1 box (or 6 tbs) of pectin. Stir thoroughly, reduce heat to low, and watch closely for an additional 10 minutes. Pour jam (it may still seem runny, that is okay, stop freaking out) into prepared jars. Process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes. Don't know how to prepare jars? Neither did I. Here's a great resource.
Posted by Bob! at 7:54 AM