My brother and sister-in-law have an awesome garden. Lucky for us, it's the end of the season and my sister-in-law is beyond tired of canning all their produce, so when we were there a few weekends ago they loaded us up with tons of remaining produce and sent us on our way.
Among the spoils was a big bag of raspberries. Since there was no way we could eat them all before they went bad, I decided to try making jam...for the first time in my life. I looked up a basic old fashioned jam recipe and it seemed pretty simple, equal parts sugar and fruit with special heating directions, so I went to it.
2 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
2 1/4 cups sugar (I wanted it a little more tart)
For fun, and because I love lime, I added the juice and zest of one lime.
1. Place sugar in an ovenproof shallow pan and warm in a 250°F (120°C) oven for 15 minutes. (Warm sugar dissolves better.)
2. Place berries in a large saucepan. Bring to a full boil over high heat, mashing berries with a potato masher as they heat. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
3. Add warm sugar, return to a boil, and boil until mixture will form a gel, about 5 minutes.
This made one pint jar and a little more. I followed my sister-in-law's directions for sealing the jar (she's a rockstar, at everything), which was way less complicated than I expected. I put the lid of the mason jar in boiling water, poured the hot jam into the jar, put the lid on and then submerged the jar in a sink full of hot water from the faucet for about 20 minutes. The jar didn't seal until it had been sitting out of the water for about 20 more minutes.
I love this jam, it's a little tart and there's just a hint of lime in it. So good! And jam was way less scary to make than I expected it to be!
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Have a good week!