a pretty cool life.: We're jammin'

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

We're jammin'


Like that crooked birdhouse hanging in the background?  Those sparrows know how to party. 

The easiest, most delicious summer recipe that I make is jam.  It's so simple...nothing more than fruit fresh from the market, a little sugar and fruit pectin



Now I realize that every blogger and her mom has been posting their jam making adventures over the past few weeks.  What's one more? :)  Once you've made it yourself, I promise you'll never go back. 

My "recipe" isn't anything special.  I just follow the directions right off the pectin packet, which costs about 2 bucks at WalMart.  I cut down the sugar to less than a cup, though, since the berries this time of year are super sweet on their own.  I also use the 16 oz Ball jars because they look cuter tied with a ribbon!  And we may or may not have any problem polishing off the large jars...


Our nearby fruit market had strawberries for $0.59/pound, so I went a little berry buying crazy.  I hope every family member we see this weekend enjoys getting a jar for themselves!









28 comments:

  1. yum! I'm so glad my husband is into making jam, he made ours last night. And 59 cents a pound, niiice!

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  2. WOW....totally impressed. I would so love to do this....especially since we consume strawberry jelly by the truckload.

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  3. Mmmmm jam.... I don't know if you can tell, but I'm drooling right now!

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  4. I would LOVE one more. I'm going to a friend's house tomorrow so that she can show me how to make jam and I am SO excited. So I love seeing all of the posts beforehand so I can be more prepared. Happy eating!

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  5. Wow Cheryl! Your jam photos are amazing...I felt like was looking right through the pages of my favorite food magazine! Love the different viewpoints. I may have to give homemade jam a try after seeing those gorgeous shots.

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  6. I just got a ton of rhubarb from my in-laws yard, so we've got rhubarb jam coming out our ears!

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  7. I'm not one to make jams simply because Hubby does not eat it, but my daughter makes a great strawberry jam each year and sends me a jar! YUM

    Di

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  8. Beautiful photos! I could stare at jam all day. :)

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  9. Lovely post, Cheryl. Your photos are great, and the jam looks yummy. And you're right...the ribbon is adorable on those jars!

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  10. So how do you get your jam to set using that little sugar? I hate adding six cups of sugar to perfectly sweet strawberries, but the box has me convinced the world will end if I don't use exactly what they tell me to use!

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  11. I've yet to try my hand at making jam. It looks beautiful and yummy! You make it look so easy.

    Amber

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  12. YUM! We've been searching high and low for good cheap strawberries. Hopefully this weekend the Farmer's Market here will have some! Love the way your presented the jam, with the cute ribbon!

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  13. First of all, I cracked up about your crooked birdhouse. Too funny!

    Looks so good! I have never made jam before but you make it look easy. I may get brave and try it!

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  14. The blackberries look divine. We're still waiting for berries to really ripen where I am...so excited.

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  15. Homemade Jams are THE BEST!! My (grown) children will only eat my strawberry jam...guess they need to learn to make it themselves!

    THANKS for sharing. The pictures are beautiful.

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  16. There's nothing quite like making your own. Jackie

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  17. I have never made my own jam, but have been wanting to and this may be the summer I do. So, is this freezer jam you made?
    Your jars look so sweet with the ribbon on it.

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  18. Oh boy this looks delicious!

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  19. You should get a strawberry huller! It makes it so much easier. Don't you just love this time of year?!

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  20. Pssst....you can use freezer berries too! :) In case someone doesn't get a great deal on strawberries *ahem* even though I live nearly 2 miles from Strawberry land (i.e. Plant City, Fl.) We normally pay $3 & up a lb. ack. lol

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  21. Looks like you had fun! De-lish... waiting on our blackberries now, very, very close to being ripe, that is if there's any left over after Sammy the Lab gets through snacking on them...

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  22. You make it look so easy (and pretty).

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  23. I've never tried to make jam, but my mom made it every year when I was little...it seemed so complicted, but I think you've convinced me I might not regret trying.
    Beautiful pictures.

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  24. Oh so yum! Your photos are amazing!

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