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We buy frozen berries from the grocery store, the larger bags. The mixed one we get has blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries in it (i think thats all). We should buy during the berry season and freeze our own for sure! Maybe this year we’ll actually get around to going to a U pick place. that would be ideal. This method though isn’t bad and the cost is cheaper than store bought per jar though not a ton – due to the cost of the frozen berries.
The effort in isn’t much. I use the blender to smooth the berries – most kids don’t like big berry chunks anyways and that saves time chopping them by hand.
- 3 and 3/4 cups of fruit (I used two cups, might as well round up and get a bit more fruit in there right?! )
- 1/4 cup of lemon juice (i used a quarter cup of water cause we didn’t have lemon juice… usually i do put in in though. I assume the taste will just be less tart.)
- 7 cups of granulated sugar (fully followed instructions here cause you can never have TOO much sugar in jam!)
- one pouch of liquid pectin – 85ml. 2 ounces = 60ml apparently for what its worth. (used as directed here..)
cram that all into your bread maker basket thing, set bread maker to ‘JAM’ and press go.
We have all sorts of canning jars, lids, and such from my moms stash and we’ve purchased some new jars as well. Not sure on the success of the jelling yet, but hey for toast, again, kids don’t care if its jelled 100% or not. Coloured sugar is coloured sugar whether liquid, solid or in between so for toast purposes, it doesn’t really matter. I’m in no way a purist or perfectionist which most know from my history of projects and adventures. I’m all about ‘gitten er dun’.
Have you tried making jam in your bread maker? Right now we don’t purchase bread or jam anymore, jam being of course the latest to strike off the grocery list.
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