Quick confession time: I tackled cherry jam again this year. After last year’s attempt, I tried making proper freezer jam using the basic instructions from the Certo box, and wow. Wowee wow. This stuff is good. Not nearly as sweet as last year’s, and actually (ta-daaa!) a proper, jam-like consistency. No more holding my toast perfectly level! I did not, however, document the process in photographs, since the hour and a half leading up to jam-making found the two of us with red, juicy hands and increasingly cranky temperaments as pits kept shooting onto the floor. (There must be a market somewhere for pre-cleaned fruit.) Ah, well. Suffice it to say it was worth the struggle. And now on to today’s adventure.
I had fully expected the cherry jam to be my swan song for the summer. How much jam does one need in one’s freezer, anyway? But then this happened:
A big ol’ box of blueberries for $8.99 seemed too good to pass up. And with the holiday weekend, well – that could have meant blueberry waffles, blueberry-oatmeal bar…did I mention waffles? Unfortunately, the bathroom was being redone that weekend, and the neighbour’s cats were being baby-sat, and so it wasn’t quite the lazy weekend I had in mind. By the time I rescued them from the basement fridge the following Saturday, they were still holding up really well, but I wanted to get them dealt with while that was still true. Did you know they make pectin especially for freezer jam?
Well, they do! And look at how simple it is:
So, I got to a-washin’, a-crushin’, and a-measurin’. Note my extremely sophisticated berry-crushing station. I bet Smuckers hasn’t got a set-up like I have.
After adding my crushed fruit to the sugar-and-pectin mix, and stirring for three minutes, I got this:
I left the fruit fairly chunky on purpose, figuring that if the pectin didn’t gel up the way it was supposed to, the fruit would give it some body. I just noticed now that there’s a lot of vintage Tupperware gracing my pictures here – this is what happens when you have two former dealers in the family. (Dealers? Representatives? Oh, holy spirit of Brownie Wise, what do you call those ladies?!)
My jars are Dollarama specials – at $3 for a pack of three-250 ml jars, they’re slightly more expensive than the flats you can find in all the grocery stores at this time of year – but darn it, check out those adorable gingham lids!
I wasn’t sure how non-Certo pectin would work, but this turned out really well! Because the recipe uses less sugar, it tastes pretty much exactly like fresh blueberries – like summer (or Violet Beauregarde) in a jar.
As always, thanks for looking! 🙂