Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Let's Make Jam!

In an attempt to begin becoming more self sufficient, and to cut my costs at the grocery store, I am taking on making my own pantry staples. I decided to start off with jam. Strawberry Rhubarb Jam. YUMMO! I was super nervous when I started this process, I was so afraid that I was going to mess it up somehow! But it turned out to be a relatively simple process!

The ingredients...

...1 lb. chopped rhubarb
...2 lb. strawberries
...6 1/2 C. Sugar
...1/2 c. water
...1 packet liquid fruit pectin (I used Sure Jell Certo)

The directions...

Mash strawberries.... they resemble something like this. I used a potato masher and it worked wonderfully. Sadly, upon finishing the mashing, these eerily reminded me of the strawberries that my high school served with lunch often. Set aside.

Next, place rhubarb in the biggest saucepan you own (seriously. I used the one that I cook spaghetti in, and it was just barely big enough once everything got in there) with 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil, about three minutes, until rhubarb is soft. Add strawberries & sugar. Cook over high heat, stirring constantly until it comes to a rolling boil. Let boil for two minutes. Quickly add packet of pectin to the boiling mixture, and stir in. Resume to boil for one minute. Quickly pour finished jam into jars or containers (if canning, insert that process here). Let stand to cool for an hour or so and thicken up. Thickening process could take several days in refrigerator. Store in refrigerator or freezer (unless you canned). ENJOY!!!

My Thoughts...

YUUMMM!! This was delicious! And super easy too! I'm going to repeat this process once other fruits are in season so we have a wide variety of jams for the year to come, as well as some extras to give as gifts. I'm excited that this process turned out to be so easy!

To see more great recipes, check out 5 Ingredient Fridays over at Paige's Place and Recipe Swap over at Grocery Cart Challenge!


Snow White said...

My grandma makes the best strawberry rhubarb jam. I'm glad it was an easy process for you!

MoneySavinDiva said...

I'm really glad I found the recipe! At first I was just looking for a rhubarb recipe (as I got tons of free rhubarb off my dads farm) but then I stumbled upon this recipe and I knew I just had to do it! I'd be interested in seeing your grandma's recipe...I'm always eager for recipes from that generation, they were just so right on!

Claudia's Irish Eyes said...

Sounds good ! Try blueberry too, it's wonderful.
Claudia at Claudia’s Irish Eyes

MoneySavinDiva said...

I hope to try making some jam with all the different fruits as they come into season this summer! I wondered about blueberry, and now I'm really eager to try it! Thanks Claudia!

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