January 26, 2010

my first jar of jam. a milestone. and believe it or not, it actually came out right. i kid you not. it's just like the gelatinous, fruity, spreadable stuff you can buy at the store! it really worked! and man, if it isn't good. i like to pair it with this peanut butter, in case you're into finding the perfect pb + j duo. and no matter that it was a cinch to make; it felt like a real achievement. as i held up my jar for grant to see what i had produced, my heart was beating high with domestic bliss. truly, boiling down fruit makes you feel like you did something really good for the day. so tie on your apron and grab your wooden spoon, girls. you have to get in on this.

strawberry rhubarb raspberry jam
adapted from the camp shetek golden anniversary cookbook

4 cups chopped rhubarb (i used garden rhubarb stashed in my freezer from last june)
1 cup strawberries (i used whole frozen strawberries)
2 cups sugar
1 (3 oz.) box of raspberry jello (i've always preferred raspberry, but you can go with any kind of berry)

0. because i was using frozen fruit, i let mine thaw a bit before starting.
1. bring rhubarb, strawberries, and sugar to a boil.
2. boil for 5 minutes, skimming off the foam as it forms.
3. reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes more, stirring often.
4. remove from heat. add jello and stir until completely dissolved.
5. let cool, stirring occasionally. when completely cool, pour into jars and store in fridge or freezer.
note. if possible, when you get to the jello step, use a utensil that is already stained and you don't care if it gets a deeper splotch of red.


Christina said...

Pure awesome. Good work, Summer! (it's beautiful.)

Anneliese said...

i was wondering where you got the 'barb. i wonder if it is even sold? i totally took forgranted the giant patch we had growing up...mom would have us go pick some & make bread, crisp, whatever! but it was normal...so we didn't know how good we had it :)

Renee said...

ok, you made it sound easy enough...I may just have to try this one!! and with peanut butter??? oohh... that sounds so good!!

natalie said...

that looks so tasty. it looks like a good gift idea too. i will definitely have to try this one, summer!

Katherine said...

It looks so pretty! I refuse to buy jam ever just because I like making it so much more!

sheena said...

oh yum.....

your blog is adorable!

Tesa said...

oooh...I am now plagued by another craving caused by Summer's blog... :)

That looks sooo yummy. The color is fabulous! I'm so glad that I happen to have some rhubarb nestled in my freezer right now!

Thanks for posting your recipe!

Kaitlyn Luce said...

We have a neighbor down the street who makes fresh strawberry jam every year around this time. We've already got it in our refrigerator. It is delightful.

Kelli said...

Yum! I want to try and make jam this year. I made your potato soup tonight (and posted about it with a link to you) and it was DELICIOUS! Thanks so much for sharing.

Estee Renee said...

My Aunt Carolyn taught me how to make Apricot Rhubarb jam... it is YUMMY! I can't wait to try your version. I'll have to give it a go when the rhubarb is available!

Now if I could just get someone to make some zweiback for me...

abigail said...

congratulations! I made a bunch of jam this summer and made some apricot jam from dried apricots just last week!

Mom Judy said...

Your jam looks beautiful, Summer.



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Hello, I'm Summer. A people-loving introvert whose hope and life is in Jesus. His promises are my passion and my ministry is homelife. This blog is a place for me to write about everyday things. Especially food. My favorite thing to do is sit around a table, lingering over a long meal with good conversation. I live with my husband and our 2 littles. We like blizzards, thrifting, grammar, guacamole, cheerful hearts, nice manners, good movies, and making simple, real, nutrient-dense food.

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