Saturday, December 18, 2010

Jam Session

I turned this...

and this... (Stephen says it's almost as beautiful as me. Glad to know I come in a close second to fruit.)...

into 28 pints of this...and this.

Here's my recipe:
3 1/2 C any fruit or juice
1/4 C lemon juice (or 1 tsp citric acid dissolved in 8 Tbsp water)
a short 1/2 C of clear jel
3 1/2 C sugar or to taste, if I'm using a very sweet berry, I don't need quite this much.

Bring fruit (or juice) to a boil. In a separate container, mix together clear jel and sugar (this will prohibit the clumping of the clear jel, which would be nasty). Slowly ( 1/2 C at a time) stir the clear jel/sugar mix into the fruit. Bring to a boil to pour into hot glass canning jars. Process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes.
Once you take the jars out of the hot water, let them sit for 24 hours without being disturbed so they will seal.

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