The history of jam dates back to ancient times when people sought ways to preserve fruits for later consumption. The process of making jam involved cooking fruits and sugar to create a thick, sweet spread that could be stored for extended periods.
Sweet and Tangy Pioneer Berry Jam
Bursting with tangy and sweet flavors, it’s perfect for spreading on toast or topping your morning oatmeal. Made with natural ingredients, this jam is a delicious way to start your day.
- 2 lbs. fresh raspberries
- 2 lbs. fresh strawberries
- 5 cups sugar
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 packet of liquid pectin
- 8-10 8oz (half-pint) jars, depending on the exact yield may vary depending on factors such as the juiciness of the fruit used.
Wash the berries and chop them coarsely.
Mix the chopped berries in a large saucepan with sugar and lemon juice.
Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves completely.
Increase the heat and bring the mixture to a full boil.
Add liquid pectin and stir well.
Reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently.
Use a spoon to skim any foam off the top of the mixture.
Check for the desired consistency by using a spoon to scoop out a small amount of jam and letting it cool on a nearby plate. If it’s too thin, continue to cook for a few more minutes.
Pour the hot jam into sterilized jars and seal tightly.
Allow the jars to cool at room temperature and then store the jam in a cool, dark place.
To store the jam, place the cooled jars in a cool and dark place, such as a pantry or cupboard. If stored properly, the jam should last for up to a year. Once opened, the jam should be refrigerated and consumed within a few weeks.
Fun fact: In the United States, the term "jelly" refers to a spread made from only fruit juice, whereas "jam" is made from whole fruit.
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