It's that season. School season, oh yea, and summer too. Long ago in my Michigan days I would go to the Upick strawberry patch and spend the day picking berries with my babies on my back. Then I would go home, wash the berries, then take the stems off the berries, then make the jam.
It was a long process. But the results were so great, I had to do it. It was one of my favorite jobs as a mother. Providing homemade jam has always been a "need" in our family, and I love that our kids appreciate the difference between real jam and store bought jam.
But, things are different now. First, I live in the desert. Second, my time for making jam has seriously eroded. Who knew having 4 kids could completely eat up all free time?
What's the solution? In true Sarah fashion, I make jam the easiest way possible.
Step 1- buy the bags of berries from Costco (frozen berries)
this time it was 2 bags of strawberry and 1 bag of mixed berries..
why? because strawberries are cheaper, but the mixed berries are fabulous
Step 2- Defrost the berries by sticking them on an outside table for an hour. This may take longer if you live anywhere reasonable.
Step 3- Blend up the berries. We used a handmixer in one big bowl. It took about 5 minutes. Maybe.
Step 4- Using the freezer jam pectin from ball (shown in picture above), make jam by mixing packet with 1 1/2 cups sugar and 4 cups of fruit. Stir for 3 minutes and you are done.
No cooking! Nothing could be simpler or better!
Saving time never tasted so delicious!