Thursday, November 10, 2011

How to Make and Can Homemade Jam

There is seriously nothing better than homemade jam on hot homemade bread.  Since I covered how to make bread in my last post, I'm going to show you how to make jam today.

Here is a list of what you need before you start making your jam.  For a more complete review of the gear you need to start canning and preserving see my post here.
  • Hot water bath canner
  • Canning utensil set
  • Mason Jars and Lids (5 pint jars or 9-1/2 pint jars per batch)
  • Pectin (I use Sure-Jell, but any pectin will work fine)
  • 3-4 pounds of sugar per batch
  • 2-3 pound of fruit per batch, depending on the fruit and the recipe
The instructions found in the box of pectin will tell you exactly how much fruit and sugar you need.  In the video I made raspberry jam, which calls for 5 cups of crushed berries and 7 cups of sugar (I know, why do you think it tastes so good?) The instructions for preparing the jam are the same no matter what fruit you are using, although the ratio of fruit to sugar does change slightly.  Follow the instructions from the pectin box as precisely as possible to be sure your jam sets.  I hope this video helps as you prepare and preserve your own jam!
Homemade jam on homemade English muffins...YUM!

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