Ohiofarmgirl's Adventures in The Good Land is largely a fish out of water tale about how I eventually found my footing on a small farm in an Amish town. We are a mostly organic, somewhat self sufficient, sustainable farm in Ohio. There's action and adventure and I'll always tell you the truth about farming.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

We're Jammin'

We're jammin', jammin',
And I hope you like jammin', too.

I don't think Mr. Marley would mind if we all sang along while we are making jam! 

Jam tools

Get your fruit, jars and a few other things ready to make spectacular jam/preserves/jelly/whatever. I'm a little inexact on the exact definition of the fruity stuff you put on toast - if only because SOMEONE is obsessed with the difference.

Me? I usually say "jelly" ... but its the fruity stuff you put on toast. In this instance I'm taking Tammy's suggestion and using honey instead of sugar. Normally I wouldn't put 4-6 cups of sugar in anything - which is why I love Pomona's Universal Pectin.  You can use very little sugar (or honey) with Pomona's. It sets up beautifully and you can really taste the fruit.

Prepared calcium water and lemon juice

Before you get jammin' you'll also need lemon juice and to have prepared the calcium water per the instructions in the Pomona's box. You can keep it in the fridge and it stays good for several weeks.

Prepare the berries, then mix the pectin powder into the honey (or sugar)...

I only used about 2/3 cup of honey for a whole batch

The rest of the directions are easy peasy - add the ingredients, cook on the stove top for a few minutes.. then fill your prepared jars...

...and then process in a water bath for only about five minutes. How easy is that?

And then you can be jammin' too... we're jammin'.. jammin....


Tammy said...

How did it turn out?! And what kind of jam did you make? And how many jars? I made ~2 pints of blueberry jam experimenting with the honey last weekend. I'm going to try more this weekend. Hubby said it wasn't sweet enough so I'll double the honey to 1/4 cup!

Sara said...

Honey is a great idea! We do strawberry jam every year. It's pretty amazing, if I do say so myself. :D

Ohiofarmgirl said...

hey Tammy! It turned out GREAT. I got a little over 2 pints. I'll definitely make more next time. I don't like overly sweet fruit stuff either.

Sara, we TOTALLY missed strawberry season. It comes kinda early around here and we were just too swamped to go over and pick.

The prices here seems sky high to me for local berries. I just refused to pay $5 a quart... so next year for sure. If I can get my act together I'd love to get some plants in the ground. The ones I tried this year didnt make it.

Gingerbreadshouse7 said...

Sounds like you were jamming it up with those strawberries :o),, Nothing like your own Jam.

Ohiofarmgirl said...

Ginny, I never really thought about jams or jellies until I started making my own. Now I just love them.

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