Insto-Jam

{Wowwie}
Want to "wow" your family, impress your neighbors, and feel super cool? 

This is not a joke. Let me help you. Please. 

 Introducing...Instant Pectin--your new best freezer jam making friend!


"But I can't make jam!" you say...

And I say back, "Oh, Yes...YOU can. It's as easy as making jello!"

Here's how...

Grab your instant pectin at the grocery store.  It's usually on the baking isle waiting for you.  You've walked by itso many times and never gave it the time of day.  Those days are over.

Now, just follow the EASY PEEZY directions on the pectin package for your measurements and directions.   Squish, add sugar/pectin, pour into your container.

Low sugar Option: I actually only used 1/2 the sugar it called for and the jam still turned out great!  It also gives a no-sugar option using Spleda that was perfect for my diabetic dad!



{Tipster}
To make a little less of a mess --and less dishes to clean {oh yeah!} I just threw my berries in a zip lock bag.  And yes, you know me...they are Marion Berries!


and had my best berry squisher go for it.


I would not recommend squishing them like this...

Beware.  This is a highly graphic photo.  My heart skips a beat just thinking about the loss of these poor berries as they were kicked off the berry picking truck.


And within a matter of minutes you'll have some of the bestest jam ever! Mmmmmm.


{Old School}
But if you like to boil your berries and seal your jars check this out. 

Since I wanted to take some jam back home I had to make some non-freezer type jam.  My mom was helping me and let me in on a little secret:   Heat your jars and lids and rubber things;).  After you boil your berries you DO NOT have to give them a water bath!    Just flip them over for 10 minutes and then flip them back...they seal themselves!! I'm all about short cuts people.   


Also, I want to send one of you...my fellow bloggers...a jar of my homemade marionberry jam.  So leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite kind of berry is...you'll be in the running!  XOXO--Toad

19 comments:

joylyn said...

Oh, I totally want to go make some freezer jam (and of course I would love a jar of your jam!) Strawberries are my favorite berry, with raspberries as a close second.

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Hernandez Family said...

I can't believe there isn't more comments! Homemade jam is the best! My favorite berry is raspberries. Raspberries remind me of my grandmas homemade jam.

kstrack said...

raspberry & Peach! I really love all homemade jam but they are my top 2!

Annie said...

that looks SO good! I usually stick with strawberry jam or blackberry, as thats all the type of berries I have easy access too. Would love to try yours!

Melissa said...

mmm. My grandma had a boysenberry bush and I loved them growing up!

flygirl07 said...

ohhh yummmm! Black berry jam is my favorite! I've never have a marionberry before though. :)

Angela said...

My Fav fav fav berry is raspberry! I craved it so much with my pregnancy!!

Dawn said...

I love strawberries and raspberries, but you are making me quite curious about marion berries!

Kristen said...

I just found that instant stuff last summer and my strawberry freezer jam was done SO quickly! I love marion berries (used to live across the river from Portland) as well as blackberry anything. Hoping to go pick some in another week or two!

The Royals said...

I have used this pectin to make a raspberry-blackberry with a little cherries mixed in. It uses so much less sugar so you can taste the fruit more.

My favorite is the lingonberry. I have thought about planting a bush to see if it would grow here, but haven't done it yet.

Mindy Kuen said...

I would love a jar of jam! It is always on my "to-do" list to make some, but I never seem to get to it.
My favs are raspberry, blackberry & strawberry.....okay, really I like all jams!
Thank you- Mindy

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Jessika said...

I would love love love a jar of the Marionberry Jam. I grew up with blackberries and rasperries and they are just delicious! I moved when I was a teenager and haven't had them in ages!!

I think you may have inspired me to make some homemade jam this weekend! :)

Jessika

Jenn said...

Oooo! I am so curious about this berry, it reminds me of raspberries(I love them). But I also love starwberry jam: both freezer and canned. So I love the tip about not having to steam bath them. Thanks for the tip.

By the way love all your photos of Oregon.. I keep working on Casey to go up there. We've only ben once and it was only to Medford :(

Jennifer Crosby said...

My favorite, and seems most everyone else's, is strawberry. I've never heard of marionberry's before. Also, thank you so much for telling how to do it on your blog. I love to bake and always looking to try new things!!

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darbie said...

Strawberries, hands down.

Cherie said...

marionberry, of course! With strawberry aa a distant second!

Stevie said...

raspberries are def. my favorite. Thanks for the great tips, I am going to have to try some out :)

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