A side of jam

I finally got the motivation to learn how to can when I ran across the Ball Freshtech Auto Canner in Tuesday Morning recently at a severe discount.  I’ve had my eye on this item since it first came out a few years ago, though it seemed like such an indulgence for a task that could be done with much less.  However, at a quarter of the regular price and a huge amount of added convenience (which for me translates into actually doing versus just thinking about it…), how could I walk away?  So I grabbed that baby and ran!  (After paying for it.  I’m not runnin’ from the law… today. ;)

Let me tell you, making jam is so much easier than I thought!  The hardest part, especially with the Auto Canner, is preparing the fruit… which is very simple.  I’ve already made 3 varieties – cherry, strawberry, and apricot.  Once I got comfortable with the basic process and theories of high-acid (fruit) canning, I tried the traditional water bath method.  It is a bit more effort in the cooking part… and very hot.  So I think we will save that style of jam-making for the chilly winters, when I can appreciate it more.

All in all, I’m very excited to have finally taken the plunge to make jam – and just over the moon about the Auto Canner for how easy it is.  We are kind of jam junkies and connoisseurs around here, so this is going to save us a ton of money in the end, at usually $4-7 a pop… and making it is actually fun!  I love giving homemade gifts, too, so if you’re on my list… be expecting some jam. ;)

What Spring and Summer projects are you up to right now?  Any tips for making great jam?

Love and light,

Samadhi ✷