Two years ago, I visited with my grandmother while she was making a small batch of jam for a neighbor. I realized that jam making is not that difficult or that complicated. So last year I made several batches of delicious Plum Jam and Plum with Nectarine Jam. I think I made too many, because we still have several jars left! Oops.
But that didn't stop me from making more this year! I tried something new- I made Honeydew Jam.
Here is how I did it, with the recipe below.
I can according to my grandmother. I know that the books, the Internet and even the pectin instructions tell me to boil the jars of jam, but I never do because Grandma never does. I have never canned anything besides jam, so when I get to something else, I will ask grandma what she does follow her lead.
To make your own homemade canned jam without added pectin:
- Buy some canning jars. Wash them well.
- Cut up your fruit. I cut up one honeydew and got 4 Cups.
- Smoosh the fruit.
- Add fruit and other ingredients to pot. (In this case, the other ingredients were 1/2 Cup Honey, 1 Cup Sugar, 3 Tbsp lemon juice)
- Let fruit sit for several hours, until a syrup forms. (I don't know if mine got to syrup consistency. I started Step 6 after 4 hours of sitting.)
- Bring fruit mixture to a boil and then simmer for 45 -55 minutes until thickened. Remove white foam that comes to the top.
- Meanwhile, set up your station for easy canning. I set mine up like this:
- Heat up your clean jars in a small water bath like so: When the inside of the jar is steamy and hot it is ready to be filled with jam. Do not boil though.
- Transfer jars one at a time and fill with hot fruit mixture.
- Put on lids, but no too tight or you will break the seal. Flip jars over to keep in heat which will help ensure sealing. As you can tell, I need to work on my consistency.
However, I have not lost hope yet. A few of my Plum jams didn't set right away last year, and I just left the unset ones in the fridge for a few weeks and they set. So don't count these Honeydew Jams a total failure yet . . . only time will tell.
If you want to try this - but with storebought pectin, you can use this recipe and then cook accourding the the instructions found within the pectin box.
After reading this again- I can understand why this might seem complicated and difficult. I promise it isn't. It is fun!