As Bob Marley sang, “hope you like jammin’ too”. Perhaps he was talking musically, but I like jammin’ in the summertime with fruit. My sister and I have a tradition where every summer, we get together and make jam. She lives eight hours away, so we don’t see each other very often. Jammin’ with her is a special time to enjoy one another’s company, while doing something productive and fun. We even made up a fun little jam dance to help the jam “set”. Below is a picture of my sister doing the Jam Dance. Sometimes we laugh so hard, I just about pee my pants. Unfortunately this year, we weren’t together in a location with a stove, so the Jammin’ didn’t take place. I decided to make jam anyway in honor of my sis, after seeing her last week. Although it was bittersweet without my sister, I did have some help from my two precious children. I also took a pic of me doing the jam dance without her (shown below). My sister may not have been there, but, hopefully, she will smile when she receives a package in the mail containing her jam.
If you want to make the jam I made last night, buy a package of Sure Jell powdered pectin and about 4 cups of your desired fruit. The pectin has the instructions inside for cooked jams and jellies. I did the blueberry last night, but I did substitute some rhubarb and strawberries for part of the blueberries. They all go well together. I sanitize my jam jars and lid rings in the dishwasher, then I dry them thoroughly. I boil the sealing lids and dry them before using them. When the jam is done cooking, I put it in the sanitized jars wipe the lids, and invert them. They seal that way, and you don’t have to process them.
Whoops, I dropped a blueberry....don't worry, this won't go in the jam.
My lovely assistant helping pick out the stems.
cooking and smashing