19 days…it lasted longer than usual.
That’s because I hid it until my guests were gone and the kids went back to school.
Once alone, I greedily put it on stuff, in stuff & over stuff…
Scooping spoonful after lovin’ spoonful right from the jars…my jars!
What am I talking about?
My Christmas gift from my dear friend Danalynn. Three jars of summer…three jars of sticky sweetness…three jars of her homemade jam.
Want to learn how to make your own jam? Well, today’s your lucky day!
- 2.25 lb berries;
- 3.75 cups sugar;
- 1 lemon juiced.
- Wash the fruit thoroughly & dry;
- Place fruit, sugar & lemon juice in a big pot;
- Mash up the fruit with the sugar & juice with a wooden spoon;
- Continue mashing until all combined;
- Heat slowly while stirring;
- Ladle off the foam;
- When the mixture reaches a temperature of 221 degrees & coats the back of the spoon the jam is ready for jarring.
- Wash jars without lids & place in oven on a cookie sheet @ 235 degrees for 5 minutes;
- Simmer lids in a pot of water ~ simmering prepares the seal so it adheres ( do not boil );
- Take sterilized jars from the oven;
- Ladle jam into the jars leaving 1/4 inch at the top;
- Make sure no jam is on the rim ~ wipe clean;
- Take a lid from pot & place on top;
- Screw on the lid ring;
- Turn jars upside down & put back in oven for 5 more minutes;
- Remove from oven & turn right side up to cool;
- As the jars cool you will hear a “pop” sound. This is the seal working;
- If you do not hear the “pop’ sound from a jar, you can still enjoy it ~ Just do so soon & refrigerate;
- The jars that “pop” can be stored for months in your pantry
It just takes patience and time to make jam that you can enjoy for months, or if you are me, days. Yours won’t last months either because it will taste so good and you will share, unlike me.
Homemade jam also makes the perfect gift for teachers, co-workers or me, ehhh’…I mean anyone.
So spread the love ~ share your jam, if you can.
** Kelly **
p.s. thanks again Dana!