Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Strawberry banana jam

4 3/4 c prepaired fruit9 about 2 quarts fully ripe strawberrys & 3 fully ripe bananas)
3 tbls fresh lemon juice
6 3/4 sugar
1 box pectin
1/2 tsp margarin
smash fruit- add lemon juice-add pectin-add margarin bring mix to a boil add all sugar-stir constantly-return to rolling boil exactly 1 min- remove from heat skim foam off top w/ metal spoon
quickle ladle into hot sterilized jars- fill to within 1/8 inch of top-whip jar rims and threads
add lids & screw on tightly- turn jars upside down after jarts are cool check seal.
That was the actual recipe but as anyone knows i dont like to follow the recipe......hears how I made it.

Cut up my fruite in a bowl so I could smash it easier then I measured it into the pan.
I started out with
6 pounds strawberrys
6 bananas
and ended up with
14 c of fruit
I dont like jelly but I like it to be a thicker syrup type so to the fruit i added the 11 tbs of lemon juice (i just used the stuff out of a bottle)
i then stired in 14 c of sugar (my mom always says 1 c of sugar to 1 cup fruit)
* honestly I could have left 1 c out and i think it still would have been fine*

I then stuck it on the stove to boil while i was washing my jars and getting the bath ready for them. When the jars were boiling i let them sit in there for about 5 min and then took them out one at a time filling them and whipping them down, put the lids on and then flipped them upside down.

as u can see from one of the pictures I dont have a funel so i used a elmo cup and cut out the bottom. I thought it was funny.
The jam is soooooo good. we have now had it on pancakes and ice cream.
You should really try this one while the bananas and strawberrys are still on sale!!

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