Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Homemade Jam

My friend Jenn hosted a canning party last Saturday. This was my first time to can anything, and although it's a lot of work, it's definitely worth it!

We each chose a recipe to make, then divided up the flavors. I chose Raspberry Fig Jam:

1-1/2 cups sugar
1 1.59-oz pkg Ball® Simple Creations® Freezer Jam Fruit Pectin
2 cups crushed raspberries
2 cups peeled finely chopped figs
2 Tbsp candied ginger, finely chopped
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Plastic Ball® (8 oz) Freezer Jars
We also made peach jam, blackberry jam, jalapeno jelly, lavender infused strawberry jam, and regular strawberry jam. (You can visit Ball's website for more recipes.)

The raspberry fig and lavender infused strawberry were freezer jams, and were the easiest to make. Unlike traditional canning, there's no cooking or boiling required. You simply prepare your ingredients, add a special pectin designed for freezer jams, then freeze. Freezer jams are good for up to one year in the freezer. Although simple to make, they can't be stored at room temperature, so they're not very convenient to give as gifts.

I don't think these are going to last very long...

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