These jam bottles when packed and labeled could make a good gift for family and friends. If you happened to go for berry picking or ended up buying lots of berries, then don't think twice, try this recipe and you will be not be disenchanted. After all, what can be better than a homemade with love 'Mixed Berry Jam' :).
Yields - 4 (32 oz) jars
15 cups - hulled and chopped Strawberries & blueberries
1 3/4 cup - sugar
1/3 cup - fresh orange juice
2 tbsp - fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp - orange zest
1 1/2 tbsp - finely grated fresh ginger
- Take a deep heavy bottom sauce pan. Add the strawberries, blueberries and sugar to it. With a potato masher or a big wooden spoon, mash the berries well.
- Add rest of the ingredients to the pan and cook for 1 hr on medium heat. Stir occasionally to bring the froth down. After 1 hr take a cold spoon and scoop the hot jam and drop on a plate, if the jam looks thick enough and not runny when the plate is slightly tilted, its the right consistency.
- Ladle the hot jam into sterilized storage jar (refer notes) and immediately close the lid. This helps to create vacuum and seal the jars. Once the jars and cooled completely store them in refrigerator.
- You can try with half the recipe if you don't want to make 4 jars of jam.
- Don't skip the ginger and lemon zest, this gives a nice flavor to the jam.
- Since the blueberries were really sweet, I added only 1 3/4 cups of sugar. Adjust the sweetness per your taste.
- Don't make the jam too thick, it will thicken as it cools down. It is better to have a spreadable consistency for jams.
- To Sterilize jars - Bring a large pot of water to boil and carefully immerse the mason jars and their lids in the hot water. Make sure that you don't put the plastic coated lid into the water. Let it stay there for 5 minutes and boil. Turn of the stove and let the water cool till you can transfer it to a clean surface and dry it completely.