How to make homemade jam

How to make homemade jam

Making homemade jam is a fun and delicious way to use up fresh fruit and enjoy the taste of summer all year long. Here are some easy steps to follow for making your own homemade jam:

  1. Choose your fruit: Select your favorite fruit, or use a combination of fruits. Some popular options include strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, and apricots.

  2. Prepare the fruit: Wash and chop the fruit into small pieces, removing any stems, seeds, or pits. Place the fruit in a large pot or Dutch oven.

  3. Add sweetener: Add sugar or honey to the fruit, depending on your preference and the sweetness of the fruit. You can also add lemon juice or zest to enhance the flavor.

  4. Cook the fruit: Cook the fruit and sweetener mixture over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the fruit is soft and the mixture thickens.

  5. Test for doneness: Use a candy thermometer or a spoon to test the jam's consistency. You want it to reach 220°F or for it to stick to the back of a spoon.

  6. Can the jam: Sterilize your jars and lids, and ladle the hot jam into the jars, leaving a little space at the top. Wipe the rims clean, seal the jars, and process them in a water bath for 10-15 minutes.

  7. Store and enjoy: Once the jars have cooled, store them in a cool, dark place for up to a year. Enjoy your homemade jam on toast, biscuits, or as a topping for ice cream.

Making homemade jam can be a fun and rewarding activity, and it's a great way to use up excess fruit while enjoying the taste of summer all year long.

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