Bribery Jam

Tomorrow will be a scorcher in the PNW, so I thought of a quick bribe used my time wisely for another GOOD EATS post. Today is a rainy “ugh” day, so I got busy in the kitchen. If I tell my sons* what I am doing, chances increase immeasurably that I may see them…

First, a note about jam making. I have tried sugar free recipes, liquid pectin, powdered pectin, lemon juice, no lemon juice, and several others searching for a healthy jam. (Is that an oxymoron?) I have made cooked jam, refrigerator jam, and freezer jam. I have used mixers, blenders, mashers, and just about every kitchen utensil available. I tried the following recipe a few years ago and have never gone back. It’s my no fail/no fuss (but plenty of mess) recipe.

Arguably, some may think making this jam is a huge ordeal. Either I am used to it or I have a fever, but I set it all out ahead of time and it goes quickly.

recipe_june 2016Starting with the best from a farm around the corner, these berries were picked yesterday and are indescribably sweet. In the SIX hallocks only that I used for this double batch, I threw out the equivalent of half a berry. That’s it. The cost of a day old flat in these parts is a full $10.00 less per flat than for a full price, picked today flat. I can live with that.

As stated, it’s an easy 1:1 ratio.

I know. It does seem like a lot of sugar. A lot. That’s probably because it is. A lot. However, when I think of the preservatives–no pun intended–in the commercially made jams and jellies, not to mention a lack of flavor, I have to believe this is better. Two ingredients. Are you smiling yet?

I try to set out everything I think I may need ahead of time:

OK, here we go:

jam one_june 2016 (4)

berries are crushed with a potato masher

Berries are fully crushed and sugar is added. I use my pressure cooker pot to cook the jam. That is my preference since I have a strong dislike for hot jam splatter.

I took a video of this next part because it is essential to the success of the recipe. We may be tempted to avoid that rolling boil, but this is key: the jam needs to maintain a rolling boil while stirred. I time this for 15-20 minutes (depending on how thick it feels after 15 min.).

Meanwhile, I’ve had my water bath heating on the stove top.

jam two_june 2016 (3)The recipe states that at this point, the jam can be ladled into hot jars, sealed, and flipped over on the counter. I do not follow this part of the recipe. I place my sealed jars in the water bath–the water has to cover the jars–and cook for 15 minutes (boiling water bath).

This step DOES NOT OVERCOOK the jam. I was afraid it might, but it does not.

jam two_june 2016 (1)

lovely, messy, gooey jam

After the jam has cooked for 15 minutes in the water bath, I take them out and place on a towel or cutting board to cool. I always cover the jars with a towel.

Β The boys have been warned. We’ll see who shows up for some of mom’s bribery jam.

Make that briberry jam. πŸ˜‰

*I am an Even-Steven type of mother and have not forgotten my daughter. She does not eat jam. Coffee and chocolate work with her. πŸ˜‰

  9 comments for “Bribery Jam

  1. June 25, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Oh my gosh. I can’t believe I JUST saw this!! You are the queen. I’ve never made jam! Thank you for the videos!

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    • June 25, 2016 at 7:46 am

      Yes, I found that recipe a couple years ago and after trying far too many recipes, loved this one and since it’s soooo simple, I kept with this one. It is likely that last step of canning is not necessary, but I think I like to cover my bases. πŸ˜‰

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      • June 25, 2016 at 7:48 am

        Thank you for sharing it. It’ll save a lot of time experimenting with other canning recipes that may or may not work! πŸ™‚

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        • June 25, 2016 at 7:52 am

          The other nice thing about this one is there is no requirement for a specific amount; i.e. if you have 6 1/4 cups of mashed berries, you use 6 1/4 cups sugar. It is equal parts. You use what you have. This is nice so that if you have 3/4 cup more of mashed berries, you use it, you don’t waste or have any leftover. πŸ™‚

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  2. June 2, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Wow, this looks sooooooo good! I love strawberries. Bribery jam definitely. You could get away with anything swapping a jar of jam like this. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 2 people

    • June 3, 2016 at 7:26 am

      I think I need to make up labels saying “Danger Zone” because it was oh, so good last night on vanilla ice cream. πŸ˜‰

      Liked by 1 person

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