I love fruit and making the most of it. My kids thoroughly enjoy when I sun dry fruit and they love munching on it over a good book. And papa loves mama´s strawberry, blueberry, any-berry jam. After having searched high and low for a recipe that would not be complicated enough to scare me senseless with the commitment and time implied in the small letters (I´m not a big fan of complex anything), I finally found my comfort zone: a mixture of 1 particular recipe + suggestions from my favorite local-organic-french-farmer = easy, delicious jam. The reason why I´m crazy about making my own organic fruit jam is because I can use it in many different recipes. I know it´s organic and made with love, and it´s not time consuming.
You will need:
- Fresh strawberries, blueberries, and any other berry (I like mixing a bunch of different berries together) preferably organic
- Unrefined brown sugar
- Vanilla extract (I make my own, but if you´re going to buy some, try finding one that is truly vanilla extract and not just a wannabe)
- A measuring cup
- A potato masher
- A pot
- A wooden spoon
- Glass jars, previously sterilized (re-use!)
Note: Amounts??? This is where the easy part begins. I just use as many berries as I can get my hands on. Sometimes it´s a lot, sometimes it´s just enough for half a jar. Not a problem. The trick is to wash, cut, and then mash your fruit (with the potato masher) inside the measuring cup. Not a must, but pretty convenient if you ask me (less washy washy for mommy thank ya verra much!). Why, you say? because the amount of sugar you are going to need is just a quarter cup less than the amount of mashed berries you have. so if I have 2 cups of berries, I will only need 1 3/4 cups of brown sugar. Easy! (But be sure to respect the formula, it´s what gives the jam it´s lovely consistency.)
- Wash, cut and then mash your berries
- Pour your mashed berries in your pot and put over low heat (stir constantly) until it starts to simmer
- Be sure to have your sugar ready to go (I just use the same measuring cup) because you´re going to need to pour it into the pot of berries as soon as they begin to simmer
- Continue to stir, keep heat low
- Once the sugar has melted and blended, add a drop or 2 of vanilla extract (I know, this is pretty random, but it really is just a dab and totally depends on how present you want the vanilla to be in your jam… I use more than I probably should. And I love it.)
- Continue to stir (and stir…) while the fruit mixture boils until the froth on the surface begins to subside and the jam begins to shine… the glassy effect
- Now turn your stove off and go have a cup of tea, read a good book, crochet or do the laundry… totally up to you. You can basically forget about it for as long as you choose too, just let it cool.
- Once it has cooled, put over low heat again and stir until the jam boils once more. Let it boil for a couple of minutes as you stir. Done.
- Prepare your clean (sterilized) glass jars
- Pour in the hot jam
- I let it cool completely (about 1 hour depending on the weather) before I put the lid on and store in the fridge. I usually make enough to last from 1 to 2 weeks, but if you want it to last longer there are excellent tips on canning and preserving here.
Make your own delicious very berry organic yogurt for breakfast in no time (way “yummier” than store bought flavored yogurt) by just mixing the jam with organic, sugar free yogurt and giving it a stir! you´ll be surprised how delish this can be!
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