Sunday, July 13, 2014

Homemade Black Raspberry Jam recipe

This post is part of my Back-To-School guide!  To learn more please click here

Part of Back-To-School is planning nutritional and full-filling lunches for our kiddos.  My oldest is a picky eater so he hardly ever ate school lunches.  Most of the time we were packers.

And his biggest request was Peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches.
This year I've decided my kiddo is going to have the best PB&J!

Homemade Black Raspberry Jam!!

It was an added bonus that the berries grow around my house :).  So after a day of picking we had enough for several patches of jam.  I want to share my recipe with you.

What you need:
2 cups of Black Raspberries (I'm pretty sure you can use w/e fruit you want here)
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 cups of graduated sugar
1 package of powdered Gelatin (Also you will need an additional 3 tbs of water to dissolve the gelatin) 

Directions:
Put the Black Raspberries and water into a large sauce pan.  Place the heat on medium for now.  Then take a large fork or potato masher and mash the berries.

Keep it on medium and bring the mixture to a low simmer.  Then add your sugar, mix and mash the berries again making sure their are no whole berries left.

Allow it to simmer for 25 minutes, and then bring it to a large, rolling boil.

In a separate bowl dissolve the gelatin in the 3 tbsp of water.  
Once its dissolved add it to your boiling berry mixture.

Stir until your gelatin has completed melted into the berry mixture.  Now allow it to boil for 5 more minutes.

Turn the heat to low and let it simmer in the pan for another 5 minutes.

At this point remove the pan from the heat and let it completely cool  completely in the pan.

Once it is cooled you can then transfer it to a glass jar.  I use a mason jar.  Seal your jar by hand.

Now bring a pot of water to a boil and place your glass jar in the middle of the boiling water.
Leave it boil there for 8-10 minutes and then very carefully remove it.  Let your glass jar sit on the counter until it has again complete cooled.  This will make your jar air tight so you are able to freeze it.

Place the jar into the fridge and let sit over night.
The next day you should have yummy out of this world Black Raspberry Jam!!!   

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