Thursday, August 8, 2013

Easy Homemade Mixed-Berry Jam

Easy Homemade Mixed-Berry Jam
Whether your enjoying breakfast or having a quick snack, we love to enjoy jam. Its one of those homey memories we can always remember growing up with. Whether your grandma, mom, or the store made it, its a great comfort along side your toast in those early AM hours. But who knew it was so easy? This recipe shows you that in just a short time with some fresh berries, you too can have your own homemade jam. No store bought jam from now on, perfect for any season and makes a great gift. Serves great as a spread on your toast, topping on vegan ice cream, or perfect on your PB Sandwiches. Don't forget to make a double batch for your friends and family, they will surely want a jar of their own. Enjoy!

Easy Homemade Mixed-Berry Jam

Ingredients


-1 pint (2 cups) whole organic blackberries or raspberries, washed
-1 cup organic strawberries, washed and quartered
-1/4 to 1/2 cups organic raw sugar or your fav sweetener (depends on your fruit and season, it varies.)
-1 cup water
-1 to 2 teaspoons lemon or orange juice
-1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract\
-A pinch of cinnamon 

Optional
-1 cups organic blueberries,washed
-1 teaspoon zest (orange, lemon, lime) 
-Herbs: Thyme, Mint, Basil (1 teaspoons, minced)

Directions
In a small pan cook berries, sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice (zest/herbs-optional). 

Ready to Cook Jam
Cook on high heat for 5 minutes and reduce to medium-low heat and cook an additional 20 to 30 minutes. 
Stewing Jam
Cooked Down Jame
Skim the any foam off as needed and store in a heat-proof container when the jam thickens. I use a glass jar. If you want your jam thick, leave unmashed. But you can mush it up a bit before storing with the back of your spoon. 

*If you don't want seeds, strain it threw a mess strained and stir until the jam is de-seeded and a smooth jam will remain. Its all a personal preference but its more rustic and homey, for me, with the seeds. 

Ready to Chill Jam
The jam will thicken as it cools. Store in the fridge and use as needed, serves great as spread and/or topping. Enjoy!
Ready to Serve Jam

-Amy