And... then my littlest one starting toddling around my legs in the kitchen. Bubbling preserves (apricot! plum! strawberry! raspberry! what a summer!) started feeling a little dicey. But, having homemade jam in the house at all times wasn't something we could give up without a fight.
So we started making freezer jam. What a delicious and easy alternative. In fact, this batch here -- the only thing I actually did -- was to pour it into jars (because one of my handy gadgets is, eh-hem, misplaced). Otherwise, the kids could have done this part, too!
Invest in some basic canning jars if you don't already have 6 miscellaneous boxes in your garage. For $10 you'll have freezer jam containers, storage for leftovers, a bouquet delivery system, homemade cookie gift packaging, button jars, ...
|On the right: what we had in our|
pantry. On the left: what I just
bought. The key is
"instant" or "no cook."
Stir together sugar & freezer jam pectin (from our local Ace Hardware store) according to package directions.
Mash fruit (fresh, or 3 bags of frozen raspberries -- our year-round, non-heatstroking standby).
Pour into jars (I buy freezer jar lids at Ace, too. $5)
Freeze until you're ready to use.
Eat. On everything. Share. Gift. Take pictures of jammy smiles.