Raspberry Jam Easy Recipe
Simple Steps to Making Your Own Preservative Free Jam
Want to learn how to make raspberry jam quickly and easily? This recipe is an easy to follow recipe that will leave you wondering why you haven't always made your own jam.
History Of Jam Making
The first recorded history of making jam dates all the way back to the 1st century Romans. With the earliest cookbook known to man titled Culinary Matters. included in the cookbook were recipes for making jams.
Benefits For Making Your Own Jams
One of the biggest benefits to making our own jam is the fact that we know exactly what we are putting into our foods. When looking at store bought versions of our favorite jams often you will find ingredients that are unacceptable from a health standpoint. For example, take Welch's Red Raspberry Preserves. The ingredients are : raspberries, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, fruit pectin and citric acid. Most of us know that corn syrup is at the center of the debate on America's foods and obesity rates. by preparing the food yourself, you have control over where and what you are putting into your body.
The recipe listed below is a simple, easy to follow Raspberry Jam recipe. Choose your own ingredients based on how you feel about the food you eat. Try purchasing supplies from local farmers markets or organic health food stores .
Jars and Lids
Sanitize jars and lids in either boiling water or in a dishwasher. Once sanitized, be careful not to contaminate them.
Sealing your jam in the most natural way will help it keep the longest with the least amount of preservative. Be sure to buy enough wax so that you will be able to leave about a quarter inch of melted wax on top of each jar of jam. The Wax is an old fashioned and very effective way of preserving your food. Using a small pan on a low temperature, melt your wax while you prepare your fruit.
Be sure to thoroughly clean your raspberries and remove any stems. Once cleaned, measure how many cups of fruit you have. Add raspberries to a large pot and slowly cook until the fruit comes to a boil. Add one cup of sugar for every cup of raspberries you have.
Sure-Jell is a natural fruit pectin. This is used as a thickening agent. Add one box of Sure- Jell for every quart of raspberries.
Boil The Mixture
Bring the Sure-Jell, sugar and raspberries to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Make sure to stir frequently.
Be sure to taste for desired sweetness. Often, adding an extra cup of sugar or two is needed depending upon your personal preferences.
Once the cooking is complete, pour the jam into a pitcher for easy pouring. Using a funnel placed into the jar, pour in the mixture leaving about a half inch empty space at the top of the jar.
Put your wax into a smaller glass pitcher. Pour about 1/8 inch of wax on top of the jam. Let harden. After the first layer of wax has hardened, add another layer to the top of the jam. Once this has cooled, check to make sure there are no open spots in the wax cover. If there are openings in the wax you can do one of two things. Either keep that jar in the refrigerator for immediate use, or, take the first layer of wax out and re-seal with fresh wax.
Now that the canning process is complete, you jam can be stored for future use.