Last Fall my crazy somewhat ditsy friend Jill called me with a problem. She and her husband were leaving for the winter and she was going to unplug her freezer. She had quart jars of fruit and fruit juice frozen all ready to make jam and jelly. Would I take them...she wasn't sure what each jar held...other than the rhubarb. One jar was marked fruit and another cherry juice. She said aw come on it will be an adventure Con. (Not many people call me Con ...but Jill does).
The fruit turned out to be blueberries whole with juice. The cherry is chokecherry. One unmarked was raspberry juice. All made delicious jam and jelly.
Sunday afternoon was a jam and jelly making time One batch of each.
There are still three jars of rhubarb and a few jars of "unknown" juice to be dealt with. I think I got nine or ten quart jars from her...I put them in the bottom of our freezer.
I have jars, sugar and pectin to do a few more batches. It will be another adventure one day this week.
Sounds like quite an adventure to me. My mother used to every year, but I never did.
I have never made jam. It seems like a lot of work, but what do I know? :-)
What a generous friend! Of course, you did the labor but how nice that you could save the "juice." (Gave me an idea for a post because nothing is going on here.)
I have the jars but haven't made any so far! Good for you and what a sense of accomplishment! I love seeing the jars all lined up....you did good on your adventure!
Good work! My mom made jams and jellies, I tried jelly once and it was syrup.
I love that kind of adventure!
Sounds like fun to see what kind of jams and jellies you emerge with.
My grandmother used to make all our jam and jelly when we were little. Obviously we were spoiled rotten! She used the now "illegal" canning method of sealing them with wax. We loved the little pieces of wax that might just break off in the jelly - they were like chewing gum which was forbidden in our house! I still have all her "jelly jars" - with no ribs to put canning lids on them. I just can't part with them.
I know those are delicious! Reminds me of days helping grandma make jam/jelly.
Those sound delicious. I've never made jam or jelly, but my mom did when I was a kid. And my Kansas grandma made apple butter every year. Yum!!
Those sound like delicious flavours.
Of all things to never have done, I have never made jelly on my own...helped mom. and love to can. Just never made jelly. But freezing and canning are right up there at the top of the list of things I LOVE to do, right after picking blackberries, picking apples, and sewing.
Never done myself but have seen done and tasted when I was little. Your friend knew who to go to. ;)
Really does sound like an adventure. Yummy one too.
Home made jam is the best.
Good for you! A post I can really relate to, as you know, lol. You could be adventurous and trying making a double batch. About the same amount of work with double the results. I only make double batches. Works for me, and anything that has rhubarb in, I use half the amount of pectin. Rhubarb goes well with just about anything. I do it half and half. I always say that it tastes like the fruit it is paired with, and is a little bit tarter.
Nice to make jam in the winter. It’s not so dang hot in the kitchen! You should be well stocked for breakfast and PB&J sandwiches when you finish with that lot.
What is the difference between jam & jelly for me there is a big difference jam goes on toast jelly is eaten with ice cream or custard
Yummy sounds good! I sure miss my moms Chokecherry jam. I have made jelly before but the one that was different was when I made Organic English Rose petal jam from my own garden! It was so good. Sharon
Wow! Lots of jam! I love making jams and jellies. But she called you "Con". Is that the opposite of pro or short for convict? :-) No need for you to reply. I know your name. I'm just paying you back for saying the storm is goig south of you all who live right! :-) And in my house... we call it rhubittybarb jam. I have no idea why. I probably said it that way to make my daughter laugh when she was little and it just stuck. It's fun. Happy Tuesday!
The hard part of making jelly is extracting the juice. What a gift to have that part done.
I think you will be well rewarded for all the work!! That's a lot of jam.
That sounds like a fun adventure! There is nothing like homemade jams and jellies. My grandma made them all of the time but I never learned.
Thank you for all of the advice on commenting. I dug the laptop out to comment tonight because I'm just too tired to deal with the iPad. After my sister goes home and I have more time I'm going to try the fixes you gave me. Hopefully the laptop works. We'll see when I push "publish" on here! :-)
Okay, it worked on the laptop so it is obviously an iPad and iPhone issue. One mystery solved at a time. :-)
We used to have leftover juices and my sons and I would mix them to make jelly. We'd give them names like Jeremie's Jammin' Jelly because it was half jam and half jelly mixed with different fruits. They actually came out very tasty!
You've been busy... what a fun adventure!
I hope that much work was some fun for you. I know the jars of jelly would be great reward as you eat them. I know northern Iowa is getting more snow soon and this day is very cold. It just doesn’t seem that winter wants to give up even though it is April.
Yeah for part of the mystery solved! :)
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