April 17, 2013

Homemade Triple Berry Jam

I'm kind of spoiled in that I've grown up on homemade jam, and only on a few occasions have I actually bought jam from the store.  There's really no comparison.  You just can't beat homemade jam!  

And guess what?  It's really easy to make.   It might sound daunting, but it's not bad at all.  My recommendation is to get a few sisters or friends together and have a jam making day.  Many hands make light work, right?  I have done jam on my own before, and it's never been a bad experience, but it's easier, quicker, and of course more fun with a group!

My mom, my sister, and I love to make jam when we get together.  Last year we started making the triple berry jam found in the recipes that come in the Sure-Jell (pectin) box.  I have to say I haven't made any other kind of jam since.  I do love a plain strawberry or raspberry jam, and I hope to make more peach jam this fall, but the triple berry jam is my favorite!  I love the flavor of all the berries (strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries).

You can find the recipe by clicking here.  Like I said, it's really easy.  You just need to wash and crush all your berries, put them in a pot with pectin, boil it (use a tall pot for this- the boiling gets a bit rigorous, and splashing often occurs), add the sugar, then boil again.  That's just about it.  The recipe does have you process the jam after you've filled your jars and put the lids on.  We've never done this step.  In fact, when we read the instructions last year we were a bit surprised to find out we should have been doing it all along.  We figured we've been eating non-processed jam our whole lives and haven't died yet, so we're probably okay.  I'm not saying you shouldn't, (and maybe you should just so I don't get in trouble for telling you not to) I'm just saying that's how we've always done it.  

 We use fresh strawberries for this jam , but the raspberries and blackberries work fine even if you use the frozen ones. They're a lot less expensive frozen, and I can't really tell that much of a difference between the fresh and the frozen.  

And what's a delicious jar of jam without a cute fabric topper and label?  Well, I guess it still is a delicious jar of jam, but not half as cute sitting on your shelf.

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  1. Yum! When we moved to Oregon, I started making my own jam. You are right it is sooo much better. I have used the inversion method for my jams. I wrote about it last year and let me tell you, jam makers can be quite serious about the method in which you make your jam. I heard a lot about how it wasn't safe, but like you said, I've been doing it for a long time and nothing has gone wrong. I did try the boiling water bath this year and it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Looking forward to berry season!!
    Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.

    1. I LOVE Oregon! I lived there for less than a year in second grade, and then my husband and I spent our honeymoon in Cannon Beach. We've been back several times. I love the last hour or so of the drive from Portland to the beach. All the fields, and pick your own berries. We never seem to have time to stop, but one day we will. Thank so much for always taking the time to comment! I sure appreciate it. Have a wonderful day! P.S. I should get on board with the water bath, just like you did!

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    1. It totally is, Emily! It's honestly my very, very favorite jam. I love plain strawberry or raspberry, but the triple berry is amazing!!
      Thanks so much. Enjoy your day!

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