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How To Make Raspberry Jam The Easy Way

By Edited Jun 6, 2014 1 2

Raspberry Jam Easy Recipe

Simple Steps to Making Your Own Preservative Free Jam

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Raspberry 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.

Wax

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.

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

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.

Taste

Be sure to taste for desired sweetness. Often, adding an extra cup of sugar or two is needed depending upon your personal preferences.

Divide

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.

Add Wax

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.

Storage

Now that the canning process is complete, you jam can be stored for future use.

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Comments

Jun 4, 2014 7:59pm
Ruby3881
It's not berry season yet, but your photo is making me want to get a batch of jam going! Maybe I'll take those frozen cherries out this weekend and make some cherry-rhubarb jam :)
Jun 5, 2014 4:27am
beethovenet1031
Yes they do look good. I am in a jam frame of mine. I just picked rhubarb and made jam yesterday.
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