Monday, July 06, 2009

Preserving the Past

I'm making jam today, pineapple to be exact with a hint of pineapple sage, fresh from the herb garden outside my kitchen. But, I'm not canning this summer, most of my jams and jellies will be freezer jams, have you made them? They are super easy, less fuss and no cooking which means no heating up the kitchen at all! They are made with less sugar because the fruit is smashed fresh or frozen so the sweetness is already in there, naturally. I love that, esp. with the cost of sugar at a all time high.

Here is the basic recipe for freezer jam, you can almost use any kind of fruit, fresh or frozen. I am using crushed, canned pineapple for my jam today along with 4 pineapple sage leaves grounded up and thrown in. Pineapple sage is one of my favorites, and this year to my surprise Walmart had it for sale in the garden department, so I bought 2! They smell like heaven and pineapple of course. If you've never had any, treat yourself to one, they attract hummy birds and butterfly's with their long red spikes of flowers.

Basic Freezer Jam recipe

4 c. fruit ( fresh or frozen)
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 pkg. freezer jam pectin
Jars or freezer containers

Mix pectin with sugar and stir well to dissolve. Add to smashed fruit and stir for 3 min. Spoon into jars and freeze.

Wasn't that easy? Anyone can make jam this way plus you can mix the fruit and come up with your own combos. The best part, you are preserving the past in comfort and style! Enjoy!


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