I’m always in need of nice hostess, mailman, neighbor, friend, co-worker, grandma, aunt, extra gifts. So, I decided to go homemade this year and give out jars of jam and loaves of bread. It allowed me to practice my new found canning skills. And I got to use up all the blackberries and wild blueberries that we picked over the summer. It was great! The jam is tart and sweet and delicious. It’s AWESOME on ice cream!
The recipe I used is …..
5 cups crushed berries (crushed with a potato masher)
1 package pectin (I used Ball)
- Measure out the berries, put them into a large pot.
- Add the pectin to the berries a little at a time, stirring constantly.
- Heat on HI, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a FULL boil.
- Add sugar ALL at once, stirring.
- Bring mixture back to a full hard boil, stirring constantly.
- Boil for 1 minute.
- Remove from heat and ladle into clean, hot 8oz jars, leaving 1/4 inch space at the top.
- Wipe the rim of the jar and put canning lids and rings on firmly tight.
- Place in canner, make sure hot water is 1 inch above jars.
- Process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
- Remove and set them upright on a towel to set for 12 hours
And what is jam without bread? So, I used the “Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day” book and made several cute little loaves. They are TASTY! And actually really simple. Once you have the dough made and in the refrigerator – it really does only take minutes a day. Check it out. The library has their copy back now. 🙂
I made the labels in Word – they are very elementary, but do the job. I really like the round “from the kitchen of” labels on top of the jars and I found them here…at eighteen 25! Those Vegas girls are awesome! They have other cool labels to download too.