Tuesday, July 23, 2013

It's that time of year when our gardens and farmers markets are filled with flavorful, inexpensive fruit. You can easily make delicious Homemade Jam with 3 ingredients.

Homemade Jam - 3 Ingredients to a simple and delicious treat

One of the first things we did when we moved in about 5 years ago was to put  in fruit trees, berry bushes, and a garden. Not only do we save a lot of money, but it is a wonderful educational experience for our kids. They love picking their own produce and as a result are some of the best eaters I know!

This year we got LOTS of blackberries! We probably picked at least  20 pints so I decided to make jam. Homemade Jam with 3 ingredients

Homemade blackberry jam is AMAZING! And the best part – it is SUPER simple! You only need 3 ingredients: 2 cups mashed blackberries, 2 cups granulated sugar, and 1 teas lemon juice. Here is what you do:
Homemade Jam with 3 ingredients

Mash up freshly washed blackberries. I used a potato masher. 
Homemade Jam with 3 ingredients

Boil blackberries, lemon juice,  and sugar for 10 minutes over medium heat.
Homemade Jam with 3 ingredients

Pour mixture in to sterilized canning jars. (Note: Dip clean jars & lids in boiling water for 5 minutes to sterilize) Wipe off the lip as residue will make it hard to open the lid.
Preserving Homemade Jam

Bring water to a boil. Put canning jars into boiling water making sure water covers the top of the jar by 1”. Boil for 10 minutes. 
Preserving Homemade Jam

Lift jars out and place on towel to cool. Make sure lids have “popped” and you can store the jam in your pantry for a year. If the jar does not pop down, put the jam in the fridge and use within a month. This recipe works with raspberries too.

Note: Blackberries and Raspberries have natural pectin in their seeds so there is no need to add any additional pectin to get a solid consistency. The jam will be thick and delicious without it!

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Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of three who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of playing together. Beth is also the creator and author of 123Homeschool4Me where she shares 150+ {free} printables, creative homeschool lessons, crafts, and other fun ideas to help preschool and homeschooling families have fun while learning and exploring together.
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the note of why you should wipe the lip. I've always wondered why, now I know. We are pickle making today.


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