Friday, July 4, 2008

Jammy Jam

We went to Boxx Berry Farms and picked berries last week. We started with this...And after a lot of this....
And some of this....

We ended up with this.(Notice the pyramid that Andrew built)
We made two batches of strawberry rhubarb jam and two batches of strawberry. And two nights of strawberry shortcake with friends and a bag of frozen strawberries. You may notice that there are a few jars (one batch) of strawberry jam that didn't turn out.

Story:
We have always used sure-jell pectin. We made both batches of strawberry rhubarb freezer jam using sure jell. Turned out great. We decided to try MCP pectin (also made by sure-jell) for one batch of strawberry. We wanted to use MCP because it calls for less sugar, but it adds lemon juice and karo syrup. DON'T USE BOTTLED LEMON JUICE. The jam didn't set up. It just separated and stayed runny. Our second batch of strawberry using MCP we used fresh squeezed lemon juice and it turned out fine. Very annoying. I'm am currently trying recipes that call for messed up jam so that we don't waste it. Any ideas?

5 comments:

Heather said...

Ice cream topping. Probably already thought of that, but hey. It's worth mentioning. I think you could freeze it runny and use it this way all year if you wanted to.

It's never fun to learn the hard way.

Enjoy your bike!! I have a new bike on my birthday list for later this month. I want a new cruiser with baskets and an baby seat on the back. Then if Hadley will learn to ride we'll be set to head all over town gas free.

Dave & Kathy said...

You can also use it on your pancakes and waffles. I would freeze it too.

Lindsay & Casey said...

I'm so impressed! You are awesome girl!

Holli said...

They jam is gorgeous! Way to Go!

LeeAnn said...

Last year when I made peach jam, some of the jars did not set. But after pulling them out of my cupboard 6 months later they were completely fine! Some older ladies told me jam can take up to a few weeks to set. So maybe hold on to them if the lid is sealed. If not, pour over french toast!