You’ve seen those beautifully labelled jars of strawberry jam at the farmer’s market, and you’ve been tempted to buy them. But you’re also tempted to make your own homemade jam, and you know that it can’t be that hard.
Making your own jam is actually a lot easier than you think. All you need is a few simple ingredients and a bit of patience. In this post, we’ll show you how to make your very own homemade jam in just 5 easy steps.
Here’s a list of things you’ll need in order to make your own delicious jam;
- A pot to cook the jam in
- A spoon to stir the jam
- Jars to put the jam in
- Lids for the jars
- Labels for the jars(not really necessary)
That’s it! You probably have most of these things lying around your house. So what are you waiting for? Get started on making your own homemade jam!
Step One: Choose Your Fruit and Prep It.
Make sure to pick something that’s in season and has plenty of natural sugar. Our personal favourite is raspberry – it’s got a great tartness that pairs perfectly with toast.
Prep your fruit: Cut it into small pieces and discard any seeds or pits. You’ll also want to remove the skin if it’s not edible.
Step Two: Cook the Fruit.
In step two, you will cook the fruit in a pot on the stove. This is an important step, as it will help to break down the fruit and release its juices.
Alternatively, you could also use a food processor to cook the fruit. Just be sure to process it until it’s nice and smooth. If you have any lumps in your jam, they will likely end up being solid in your final product. not good.
Step Three: Add the Sugar.
Add the sugar, following the recipe’s instructions. This is the fun step, where you get to add in all of your favourite flavours! Go wild with the sugar – the more, the merrier.
If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can even add some spices to your jam. Cinnamon and nutmeg are always nice additions this time of year. But be careful – a little goes a long way. You don’t want your jam to taste like Christmas cookies.
Step Four: Put it in the Jars.
Now it’s time to put your delicious jam in jars! Get a bunch of Mason jars – or any other type of jar, but Mason jars are classic – and fill them up.
Make sure you sterilize the jars first by boiling them in water for 10 minutes. This will kill any bacteria that might be lurking on the surface, and it will also help your jam stay fresh for longer.
Once the jars are sterilized, use a spoon or spatula to scoop the jam into them. Don’t forget to leave some headspace at the top of the jar so that the jam can expand as it cooks.
Once all the jars are filled, put them in the fridge and wait overnight for your delicious homemade.
Step Five: Process the Jars.
Congratulations! You’ve made it to the final step. Now, it’s time to process your jars. This is an important step because it ensures that your jam will be shelf-stable and won’t spoil.
To process your jars, you’ll need a pot of hot water and a canning rack. Place the jars in the rack and cover them with water. Bring the water to a boil and let it boil for 10 minutes. Carefully remove the jars from the pot and set them on a clean surface. Let them cool completely before you add the lid and ring.
There you have it – your very own jar of homemade jam. Enjoy!