Sure-jell freezer jam:
Uses 3 cups of berries and 5 1/2 cups of sugar
Tastes like heaven (meaning like dessert)
Sets up great everytime
Ball freezer jam:
Uses 4 cups of berries and 1 1/2 cups of sugar
Tastes like freshly sweetened berries
Doesn't set up quite as firm
They decided to use the Ball freezer jam in the future as it seems to be quite a bit better for their waistlines. This crazy couple also froze 6 lbs of mashed berries to make 2 different batches of wine during the winter months. More on that story later. They chose the prettiest, firmest berries to freeze whole, almost 3 lbs worth! They set aside enough berries to try a cooked jam and used the remainder as snacks and to flavor some delicious raspberry lemonade.
On the second day, this ambitious young couple decided to make a batch of cooked and canned raspberry jam. Everyone told them they wouldn't like it near as well as freezer jam. Everyone is probably right. But they wanted to try it anyway, canning is a good skill to have right? And canned jam still makes a pretty little gift! But this couple isn't very good at canning. They make a big mess. And have to consult 4 or so books in the process. And check things on the internet. And call both moms at least once. People tell them it will get easier, they hope so. A few hours later, they called it 100% successful. They had 4.5 lbs of cooked jam in cute little 8 oz jars. And a messy kitchen, which is normal.
|Andrew in the messy kitchen|
|The adorable cooked canned jam|