Thursday, March 1, 2012

Easy Jam

If you think you can't make jam, you are wrong. It could not be simpler. And you can make very small amounts in no time at all.


Slice some strawberries. I like big chunks so I quarter them. Dice them smaller if you like more of a puree. Put them in a heavy pot.

Sprinkle in the zest of one lemon.


Sprinkle 1/4 cup of sugar over the berries. I used about a quart of berries.


Place the pot over a low heat and cover.

Stir occasionally and be careful to not let it boil over. Once it reaches the above stage, let it simmer for a while until it begins to thicken. It will thicken more as it cools. Ladle it into jars and seal tight with the lid. Sometimes these seal themselves. I make this in small quantities so I never bother to "put it up". This keeps for weeks in the refrigerator.



I made blackberry jam too.


Add lime zest to the blackberries.


I still only use 1/4 cup of sugar to a quart of blackberries and it is plenty sweet enough.

This is what happens when you don't pay attention and let it boil over.


I get about 2 and 1/4 cups from a quart of berries. This is some of the best jam you will ever eat. This is wonderful served on the angel biscuits from yesterday.


14 comments:

Marigold said...

Oh, thank you! So easy without all the work. Can you use frozen berries as well to do this? I love the fact there is just a little sugar, too, as there's a diabetic in the house.

LindaG said...

Thanks for the recipe. Is there a way to buy zest? We never buy or use limes, and only buy lemons once in a blue moon.
Sure do appreciate you sharing your knowledge with us!

Nellie said...

This would really go over well here! I have made scads and scads of jam in the past, but our eating habits have altered somewhat, and we rarely eat it now. We still have lots of blackberries from last season in the freezer. I think they would work fine. Thank you so much for the idea!

Pricilla said...

I don't know that I know how to do things in small quantities....heh

How did you like your cherry lime jam?

laurie said...

this is the kind of jam we have always made, even in huge batches, when making large batches we used sour apple for pectin.I could never understand why people find jam so hard to make.You have just shown how very easy it is!
This looks amazing, the blackberry is our fav!This wqill go lovely with those biscuits, my husband eats a piece of cheese when he eats his jam and biscuits. This would be supper for me, !!!

Guillaume said...

I have my own strawberry jam recipe, an old family one: strawberries, a bit of sugar. Mash them with a fork. VoilĂ .

Ashling said...

Now you've got me longing for fresh strawberries from the Farm Market...still months away!

TARYTERRE said...

My goodness my mom used to spend hours making blackberry jam when I was a kid. By contrast your recipe is so simple. LOVE it. PS) TEDDY go get your hair cut and styled, sweetie. I hear you're being difficult.

Beverly@Beverly's Back Porch said...

I made the angel biscuits this morning. Fabulous! But I didn't have the blackberry jam made. Now I have blackberry jam and no biscuits. Am I ever going to get this all together.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

It's not that I CAN'T make jam -- it's that I SHOULDN'T. Nom nom nom, if you get my drift.

Ina in Alaska said...

I love strawberry jam. My favorite! I think I "favorite" most things you present on your lovely blog. Anyway, what a CUTE LITTLE POT you cooked up the jam in. You be jammin'!!! Unlike Teddy...... why will she NOT let herself be groomed.......

Today, Halle (standard poodle) and Jeter (little white poodle) are being groomed AND I am having color added to their ears.... stay tuned.........

Barb said...

We will have so many wonderful berries this summer, I will definitely try this recipe!

SharleneT said...

Looking forward to trying this when my fruit trees come in, this year. This will be the first harvest and I don't know what to expect -- but, the pan will be ready! Come visit when you can!

Carole said...

Great post. I am right into making my own jam. http://caroleschatter.blogspot.co.nz/2011/11/making-jam.html