Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Jam Session

After the last jam making endeavor, I thought some adjustment was in order. Some things just didn't work- the giant water canner was at the top of that list.

In order to remedy this situation, I figured that experimenting with some more jam might be a good idea. The jars are short and can easily be covered by the requisite 1-2 inches in a much shorter pot than the mammoth canner I have.

I went rummaging through all the junk I never use which is shoved in the back of some cabinet or other just waiting to fall on my unsuspecting toes if I choose to delve too deeply into the recesses of those hiding places. After the wave of curse words died down following my toe's unfortunate incident, I spied the perfect vessel.

It is a large stock pot. One I do not remember having bought or being given- it is just mysteriously there. I choose not to question my good fortune, grab the pot, and put some jam jars in there to see how they fit.

I can fit 5 jam jars into the pot at the same time with plenty of room for them to be covered. Hey, pot, if lovin' you is wrong, I don't want to be right.

I found a recipe for raspberry-pineapple jam but, seeing as I didn't have any raspberries, I made strawberry-pineapple jam. I know, all the canning recipes say not to alter them in any way lest you be cursed with botulism. But, hey, I'm more adventurous than your average fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants jam maker.

I'm a rebel.

Here's how it went:

2 cups crushed strawberries
2 cups crushed (fresh) pineapple
1 box powdered pectin
5 cups sugar

Bring the first three ingredients to a full boil that cannot be stirred down. Boil 3 minutes.

Add sugar, return to boil and boil 3 minutes.

Process by placing in hot jars, affixing hot lids and rings, then placing in canner for a 10 minute soak in the boiling water.

The jam is sweet- the pectin I used was the regular pectin instead of the no sugar needed pectin which can jell with less sugar. I do prefer the less sweet. However, Husband loves sweet. The sweeter the better until his teeth fall out, I suppose.

Guess that's why he married me, no?


  1. Hum... how many jars did that make? somehow it doesn't seem like it would make that many?

    My friend is coming over with her stuff and well be making jam the 14th :)

  2. It didn't make that many- a touch over a half dozen.

    I can't wait to hear how your canning goes. What will you make?