Saturday, October 17, 2009

The basics to jam making - heirloom skill

JAM - it is a really thing.  Sometimes we forget how good a simple peice of toast and jam can taste.  We rush out to our cars to grab some fast greasy food on the way to work when we could easily be eating something better for us.

Jam you make at home is better not just because it taste better - truth be told, there is some pretty goof commerical jam out there.  But it is better because we made it. That simple thing defines it and makes it worth the tiny effort needed to make it by hand

To make jam you need fresh fruit.  Yes, you can make it with frozen- but why bother. 

You will need the following items


1) Large pot to boil water in.

2) Good sharp knive

3) canning jars

4) jar lifter

5) lid magnet

6) wide funnel

7) long spoon for stirring

8) Ladle for ladling into the jars

Always use fresh lids, you can reuse the rings but the lids need to be new - the gaskets get old and useless.
Always boil the jars and lids for at least 10 minutes to sterilize
Wipe the rims to make sure you get a good clean fit

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