Thursday, June 11, 2009

make jam

Here are some more images from last weekend's jam making session. If you haven't ever made it, really you should give it a try. You can make a small batch, enough for 2 or 3 jars in a very short time and without most of the tools. If you think a larger batch sounds fun, the gigantic canning pot and other tools are relatively inexpensive.

Step 1, put water on to boil. This is used for sterilizing the jars, and for processing the filled jars so they seal properly.

We have done several Internet searches for recipes, and regularly find ourselves back at the Ball book that came with the pot. They are mostly simple flavor combinations, but the quantities have been tested well.

Blueberries start out a very blah color, and when heated, they turn to gorgeous hot pink.

Ours came out a little thick, maybe less pectin next time.

Apricots that are slightly under-ripe have more of their own pectin, so we didn't add any. This jam contains only raw sugar, lemon juice and organic apricots.

Clean jars are filled with hot jam, and processed for 15 minutes.

Here they are after cooling overnight.

Which one is better?

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