Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Homemade raspberry jam






Over the long holiday weekend, I tried something new that I've been thinking about for years. I made raspberry jam! I often buy it at the store, as it's my favorite kind of jam. Raspberries tend to be very expensive here but this past week at Smith's, raspberries were cheaper than I've ever seen them - four half-pints for five dollars! That's a very good price for my area. I bought many half-pints during the sale, turning eight of them into jam on Sunday morning.

I was a little nervous, but it came out so well. The flavor is just incredible - bright and sunny, like summer in a jar! I want to eat it straight from the jar but I've been good, using vehicles such as toast to get my fix.

It was fast and easy to make, which made me happy. I used powdered pectin in my jam; since it was my first time trying raspberries, I wanted the extra jamming insurance. I also processed my jars in a hot-water bath (I use this resource from the USDA, adjusting for my location at high altitude); I know this is a debatable topic, but I do it just to be on the safe side.

My pantry is full of raspberry jam now, and there's still a couple jars of the delicious tangelo marmalade that I made last winter. I just love making jam. Though I've been doing it for several years now, it still feels just a little bit magical to me, even more so since I was able to make a heaping supply of my very favorite kind of jam at home. Please excuse me while I make a sandwich.

Raspberry Jam
Makes about eight half-pint jars

4 pints fresh raspberries
6 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 envelope powdered pectin
1/2 teaspoon butter or margarine

Prepare jars, lids and bands as desired; sterilize the jars as desired (I like the oven method: heat jars on a sheet pan or stack of newspapers in a 225-degree oven for 30 minutes). Prepare the hot-water bath if using one.

Wash and pick over the raspberries, discarding leaves and stems. Crush berries in a large bowl. Measure exactly 5 cups of crushed fruit into a large stockpot.

Stir in the pectin. Add the butter to reduce foaming. Bring to a full rolling boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Add the sugar and return to rolling boil; boil for exactly one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam with a metal spoon.

Ladle quickly into the prepared jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Quickly seal with lids and bands, screwing the bands tightly. Process in the canning bath if desired.

33 comments:

  1. Looks delicious Jennifer, the taste of Summer in a jar.

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  2. I knew I shouldn't click on this. Everything looks so good! I totally wish I had some raspberries now.

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  3. It looks delicious - enjoy every last drop!

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  4. I love raspberry jam! I'm so excited for when the raspberries come out in my garden so I can make raspberry jam!

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  5. Mmm, raspberry jam is my favourite, I absolutely love it. Made a birthday cake with a layer of raspberry jam in the middle today in fact - other half's birthday. Raspberries are expensive here as well. sometimes I use just a few in with strawberries and that's really good too. CJ xx

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  6. I keep meaning to make jam, must do it soon. Your jam looks heavenly, I can almost taste it :)
    Jillxo

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  7. I picked raspberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants and strawberries today but not in enough quantities for jam, mine are destined for the ice cream maker - my one and only kitchen gadget! Looks really bright and cheery doesn't it. Jo x

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  8. Your jam looks delicious, Jennifer. I do love raspberries (although I obviously can't identify the canes very well as I uprooted ours during a winter garden tidy - R has never forgiven me!)but knew I was getting old when I heard myself complaining to my girls about the pips getting stuck in my teeth! xx

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  9. Raspberry is my favourite type of jam too. I'm hoping to get me some berries soon so I can have my fix of summer in a jar too! :o)

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  10. Wow! I'm always impressed when people make jellies and jams. Yours looks so good. Makes me want some on a scone, too yummy. Enjoy! Lisa

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  11. I love raspberries! That looks so good!

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  12. Oh my goodness Jennifer that looks yummy! A good friend of ours that lives just three blocks away has been begging people to take raspberries. She's been picking 4-5 quarts off of her bushes every day for weeks now. I just may have to see if she has any left and make some jam. :-)
    Blessings, Betsy

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  13. oh yum. raspberry jam is my absolute favourite x

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  14. Raspberry jam is the best! It is on my list of things to make this summer, we have a pick your own berry farm nearby and I hope to take the kids once the sun is out. Your jam looks just beautiful x

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  15. Raspberry jam in my fav too. I often do a few jars mixed with black currents too...so good! Enjoy that jam.

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  16. Yum -- my very favorite jam too! I make one that also has cherries in it -- the combination of the two is wonderful! Beautiful pictures!

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  17. Glorious colour, I love raspberry jam x

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  18. Looking good Jennifer and raspberry jam is my favourite too. I'm picking summer raspberries now, just enough for a bowlful each every other day but it won't be long before the Autumn raspberries start and as they go on cropping until the first frosts it is those I use for jam. My recipe uses half the amount of sugar to fruit and I boil for four minutes resulting in a delicious just set fresh tasting jam. We like jam with homemade scores and a dollop of Cornish clotted cream.

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  19. It looks beautiful in your jars. Would make a lovely gift too.
    xx Beca

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  20. Bravo! Your jam looks perfect and the recipe looks easy. We always do raspberry freezer jam as it always tasted more like fresh berries to me, but that looks really good. It's our favorite jam, too. Berry season is fleeting.. we need to get more made. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  21. It looks delicious! Well done my friend.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  22. I must make jam one day, looks delicious home made x

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  23. Cheers for you! It is so pretty and tasty looking, Jennifer! We are hosting a small wedding here this weekend and just picked up some raspberries and blueberries at a nearby fruit stand...six boxes for eighteen dollars, but jam making will have to wait till next week if we get to it this year. My daughter has made some strawberry jam so far this year. xxxx

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  24. Oh, that jam looks wonderful Jennifer. Wish I lived nearby! I like anything raspberry, such a delicious fruit. Unfortunately they don't grow anywhere near us so are always old and expensive when they reach our shops. Frozen is good, but nothing beats fresh. Enjoy your summer fruits!

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  25. I think homemade raspberry jam is THE most delicious jam of all. Yours looks lovely. I make mine with our autumn raspberries which are abundant (happily, because they are expensive to buy). Our bushes are smothered with flowers and the beginnings of berries so I'm hoping for a bumper crop this year :-)

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  26. how very lovely!!! Raspberry jam is my all time favourite as well! I have not made jam yet, but one day perhaps I shall! My cousin made fresh strawberry jam and I am savouring it's sweetness!

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  27. mm that looks great.. reminds me of the years when I used to help my mom make plum jam.

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  28. yummmm! My favourite jam! The raspberries we grow are autumn fruiting so I have to wait a while to make some - and sometimes I add a little vanilla too. Just for a change.

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  29. Your pictures are making my mouth water, Jennifer! Raspberry jam is my favourite too. After I make a batch I usually leave the jars out on the counter for a few days just to admire them. :-)

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  30. I love raspberry jam, and enjoy making it too. It is quite a magical process. Your jam looks delicious and has a very nice set too. X

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  31. Raspberries are my favourite fruit and I think raspberry jam has the best flavour. I would love to make your recipe, but, unfortunately, they're super expensive here :( I'm hoping for a sale because those ruby red jars look so tempting. :)

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  32. I love raspberries mine are starting to ripen now so it won't be long before I can scatter them on my cereal in the morning, I never have a big enough crop to make jam though I bet it's delicious, homemade is always best. :) xx

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  33. It's one of my favourites too. I just love the way it looks in the jar, flecked with the seeds. x

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