I've been wanting to try my hand at making jam for quite sometime now. Thanks to Hip Chick's Home I found out about Freezer Jam. I picked up a package of Freezer Jam Pectin at Kroger last week so I could give it a try. It takes about 20 minutes to make and no cooking is required! You have to try it if you're like me and have been wanting to make jam but have been intimidated with the whole processing jars in boiling water thing. Sometimes you just have to take baby steps!
I live in Georgia and peaches are cheap cheap cheap right now so that's what I made. Actually I made nectarine/peach jam because I had some nectarines already. Did you know you peel a peach/nectarine like you would a tomato? I didn't! You cut a small x on one end and then you plunge it in boiling water for about 60 seconds, then you plunge it in ice water. Let them cool and start peeling where you made the x. It was very easy!
Then you crush your fruit and follow the directions on the package. Basically you let it sit for a while to "set" and then you've got jam that keeps for 3 weeks in the fridge and the rest you put in the freezer.
I made it last week and I made two jars and some for the freezer. All we had left today was part of one jar and I had to get some out of the freezer! It's that good!
I made some scones and we finished off the other jar! Now for some reason the ones I put directly into the jar are kind of saucy but the ones that I froze and then put in a jar are more jammy. I guess I didn't let it sit long enough or something but it was soooo delicious it didn't matter! It tasted so fresh, just like the fruit!
Isn't this pot and cup cute! I got it at Goodwill last week.
I started collecting monogrammed silverware about a year ago and don't have too many pieces yet. But I like to find ways to use what I have. So the little teaspoon is used today to serve the jam. I like to enjoy my collections!
I'm going to make some more peach jam this weekend but I'm going to use a different recipe. I'll let you know how that comes out.
I gotta tell you it was really delicious with scones hot from the oven and a cup of coffee even if it wasn't perfect! I always say that the fun for me is in the process of trying something new - whether or not it turns out as expected! If it does turn out then great, but if not, I always learn something. Give it a try, it couldn't be easier!
"Usefulness is not impaired by imperfection; you can drink from a chipped cup." ~ Nagel
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