As I was finishing up my little jam making session, Stella asked a very keen question: "Are you making this jam because you planned to or is it because you wanted to use these jars?" The honest answer is, the jars. A favorite place we visit these days is the Portage Bay Grange, where we bought our chickens. It is a great source for your urban farm animals; chickens, ducks, rabbits and such, and it has a homey country store feel. On my last visit, they were carrying these beautiful Weck canning jars. I bought a bunch to use as votives and then today at the store, beautiful raspberries were on sale. A canning it will be. No ground-breaking recipe here. Frankly, I followed the recipe that came inside the Sure-Jell pectin box for cooked jam.
5 Cups crushed raspberries (equalling about 7-6oz packages of raspberries)
7 Cups sugar
1 Box Sure-Jell pectin
As I was mashing the raspberries with my potato masher, Chris walked in and chuckled. "What?" I asked. Apparently, real canners use fruit they have picked with their hands, not out of a plastic clam box. Next year, I will have to plant raspberry bushes I guess.
After a little finger dip, Stella concluded it was lucky for her that I decided to use some of the jars for jam. "I can't wait for my Monday peanut butter and jelly sandwich!"
I am thinking about what else I can put into my new favorite jar.