Monday, July 6, 2015

Easy 3 Ingredients Jam


Making your own jam is very easy.

I only use 3 ingredients...
4 if you count the water. 

This jam does not require a water bath, and it only needs to be refrigerated once you open up the jar.
But not until then. 
Read on.

The best part about making your own jam is that you know exactly what's in it, and you can customize it just as you like it.
This is a basic family recipe.
My grandfather was a farmer in southern Italy.
He died when I was 6 years old,
but luckily my father has passed down to us the farmer's way of growing and storing crops.

***this is a basic recipe for all kind of fruit. I will give some tips at the end of the recipe***

Today I made a small batch of blackberry jam.
We have been picking them every other day,
and we got more than we can eat.

Easy Blackberry Jam

3 cups of blackberries
1 cup of sugar
1 lemon
1 cup of water

Combine all of the above in a small pot.
Bring to a boil and simmer on medium-low 
until water is reduced and it looks like a tick syrup.
This will take approximately 30 minutes.

Put the jam in a jar while it's hot,
close the lid and flip the jar upside down until completely cooled off.
I wait until the next morning.

In the morning, turn the jar right side up and check that the lid does not make a popping sound.

If that's the case, then the jar has not been sealed properly. 
Put in the fridge and eat it first.

I have not had that problem yet.

My jars have always been sealed properly and good to be stored on a shelf.

Once you open the jar, then store in the fridge.

Now, the reason of putting the jar upside down while the content is hot, is so that there is not air gap between the lid and the jam.
Therefore the "vacuum seal" effect.

The reason behind the fresh lemon juice, is because it's a thickening agent.
Therefore, no pectin in our jam.
You will have to adjust the sugar according to your fruit.
The sweeter the fruit, the less sugar you will need.

As a rule of thumb, I use 3 part fruit to 1 part sugar.
So you can double, triple...the recipe.

***If you use anything other than sugar, you might want to try a small batch. I don't have experience with sugar substitutes in homemade jams***

Did you know how easy it was to make your own jam?
I use it on my toast and add it to my plain yogurt.


Stay Frugal,
Daniela

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12 comments:

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Daniela,
That is a yummy blackberry jam! Smart way of making your own jam.
Sending you hugs and summer blessings.
Mariette

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

That is way too easy. I'm going to have to start making my own jam as I stopped by any with more than a few ingredients in them. Not always easy to find. Best wishes, Tammy

debcom said...

Sounds super easy! Do you know if i could substitute stevia or splenda for the sugar for my diabetic husband?

Palemoon4 said...

Thank you so so so much. This is absolutely awesome! You rock girl. I can't wait to show my girls that you can can jam without all that hard work. You have made my day! Smiles and hugs to you from Washington State.

Guerrina said...

Thank you! This I feel comfortable making!

Junkchiccottage said...

This is awesome Dani. What a great gift this would make too. Thanks for the easy recipe. Love easy!!!
Kris

NanaDiana said...

There is nothing in the world like homemade jam or jelly! Yum....Your recipe is a very easy one! xo Diana

Kelly said...

You can make anything! I'm always learning from you. That jam looks yummy! That's a great way to use your extra berries.

Colleen said...

Thanks for the recipe. I normally do the water bath canning but will have to try your way by putting the jars upside down.
I enjoy making homemade jams and jellies and they make for great items to put in gift baskets.
From the looks of your picture, you got 1 jar (is that 1 pint or a 1/2 pint)of jam from this mixture.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love making my own jam. I'm so sad this year I won't have time to do it with all the renovation going on!

Linda said...

This looks so delicious, and it is easy! Thank you so much for sharing.

Cecilia Zimber said...

Thank you so much for the tip! I've been thinking about learning to can tomatoe sauce and salsa; but didn't want to be bothered with a cumbersome process. However, this is too easy! Thank you very much for sharing.

Cecilia - Oregon