The answer?? Make jam!
Up until a few months ago, I had never made jam - no - not EVER! And I was never tempted to as it seemed like so much trouble with all of the sterilization of the jars and canning process and ugh -
The Ball Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker
I know I am lucky living in southern CA because berries are in the stores just about year round. So when I was trying to think of something different to do for my neighbors this year, I quickly decided to make mixed berry jam.
How beautiful are those raspberries and blackberries? YUM!
All crushed and ready to be made into jam.
Once you crush the fruit, you are ready to go. The pectin goes in the machine first and then the berries or juice (if making jelly). After a short amount of time, you add the sugar, cover it, and let it finish cooking. I use the low sugar pectin so mine is not as sweet, but the fruit flavor is stronger. It's a personal preference - they make a regular pectin which is used in the same quantity, but the sugar is increased. Equally easy to use.
The berries are cooking with the pectin.
Sugar has been added and the cooking finishes with the lid on.
Time to fill the jars with fruit goodness!
The jam is cooling with the inner lids barely on.
Ready for the refrigerator - or delivery!
These were Christmas gifts, but they truly would make
a welcome gift for any occasion.
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