I haven't made jam much because of the obscene amount of sugar that goes into the recipe. But this year I came across a blog- DYI Natural- that talked about a natural pectin brand called Pomona's Universal Pectin. This pectin allows you to use any sweetener you like, and the amount is lower than what is used with conventional pectin. I found it at our local health food store, and along with some honey, lime juice and a bunch of 125ml jars, I was good to go.
The recipe is easy to follow- I have included the link below. I prefer a jam that isn't too thick, so it is more like a spread, but you can tweak the recipe to give you the consistency you like. Lime juice is optional- in one batch, I used the full 1/4 cup, in another no juice and the last batch 1/8 cup. I think I prefer 1/4 cup, but they were all good.
I like using the 125ml jars too. I only used 1 flat of berries- 6 quarts- and that made 36 jars. We don't eat jam every day, so this size is perfect, as they keep for a couple weeks in the fridge after thawing. They are also great for little gifts. Tie a little ribbon around the top, maybe add a decorative spoon or knife or pkg of tea- a perfect hostess gift. And of course, I will have lots for when the kids come home!
Enjoy this beautiful season with some fresh healthy jam. It's the taste of summer.
|I was so delighted to see how beautiful these berries were! It made the trip most worthwhile.|
|In fact I decided to buy 2 flats instead of one!|
|Setting up for the 'jam' session|
|Making sure all my jars were washed|
|Getting my berries prepared- washed and hulled.|
|My favourite appliance- no hand mashing needed. Just a few pulses to keep some nice chunks in the jam.|
|Honey and fresh lime|
|Add the boiling water to the food processor, sprinkle in the pectin and blend for 2 minutes before adding to the berries. Stir well.|
|Then add the calcium water to the berries, mixing well. If the jam needs a little more thickening, add 1 tsp at a time until it gels.|
|Make sure you leave 1/2 inch at the top of each jar to allow for expansion in the freezer|
|Add the tops and screw the lids on tightly|
|I kept the boxes so I could stack them easily in the freezer.|
|Now time for some pumpernickel toast and jam, and camomile tea. Life is good.|
Here's the link to the recipe (recipe is also on the Pomona website-http://www.pomonapectin.com/directions)