Sunday, June 9, 2013

Olallieberry-Orange Jam


I made an Olallieberry-Port jam for the tall people in the family; this was my non-alcoholic version for the small people.
  • 8 C olallieberries, rinsed
  • 1-1/2 C organic granulated sugar
  • 1 C freshly squeezed orange juice
1. Sterilize the jars for canning by boiling them and their lids. Or if you're lucky enough to have an automatic dishwasher, run them through a cycle.

2. To make the jam, place the fruit, sugar, and orange juice into a large pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Continue to cook, stirring the jam constantly, for about 15 minutes.

3. Reduce the heat to medium. Hold the jam at a constant simmer, checking frequently to make sure the jam isn’t scorched at the bottom of the pot. After 15 minutes, check to see if your jam has set by running a wooden spoon down the middle of your jam. If the jam leaves a path, it's set. If the liquid runs back to fill the path, cook it a little bit longer.

4. Place the jam in sterilized jars, leaving about a 1/2" gap to the top. Gently tap the bottom of each jar on the counter to release any air bubbles. Using a damp clean towel, wipe the rims of the jars and secure the lids and rings. Process in a water bath for 10-15 minutes. Remove the containers with tongs and let cool on the counter.

You’ll hear the sound of can tops popping shortly—a sign that a secure seal has been made. Pop, pop, pop. Or, you can refrigerate the jar without processing and use it within three weeks. Enjoy!

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