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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Raspberry Jam Valentine Gift

Every summer I collect as many raspberries as I can from our bushes (over the span of the season) to make homemade raspberry jam. I freeze them as I collect them, until the day that I make the jam. It's my grandmother's recipe and is especially delicious because it doesn't have that overly sweet, gelatinous jammy-ness of the store bought variety. It's very fresh and almost like a raspberry compote, with chunks of the berries visible. This recipe is a freezer jam, so it is probably one of the simplest things I've ever made.

I store the jam in the freezer and use it throughout the year, which makes life easy if I ever have to give a gift at any point. 

This year I decided they would make cute valentine gifts.


8 cups fresh (or frozen) raspberries
4 cups sugar
1 box fruit pectin
Juice of 1 lemon

You'll also need 8 jars. For this recipe you do not need the canning variety (the ones with the separated lids), but that's all I had so I used them. It doesn't really make a difference. But if you can plan in advance collect some of your used jars.

Disinfect the jars by pouring bowling water over them. You don't necessarily have to boil the jars, since they will be stored in the freezer or refrigerator.

You then want to put your ingredients in a large pot and (if your raspberries are frozen) let them thaw on low, stirring them frequently. Add the sugar and lemon juice and stir some more. Make sure to leave the heat low to ensure that the raspberries keep their vibrant color, this quick and easy freezer jam recipe does not require as intense of cooking. Once the raspberries and sugar mixture has thickened add the pectin and turn off the heat under your pot. Let the mixture sit until it is clearly thickened and sticks to your wooden spoon.

Using a soup ladle, pour the jam into your jars leaving a little room at the top. Place lids and let jam set on an even surface until cooled for several hours. Place in your freezer (when you open one be sure to refrigerate it) and eat or gift whenever you want. You can gift the jams without freezing, just let those you gift them to know to store in the refrigerator.