Preserving Fruit: How to Make Jam

Today I am making Jam. It is the easiest and tastiest snack to come out of your edible landscape, and your family will love it. I like to make an unusual jam which is a mixture of grapes and blueberries.

I take my fresh or thawed grapes and blueberries and puree them. The pureer is a great tool because it separates the good stuff from the bad. Once you mix the juices together and they come out of the pureer, give it a taste it to see if it's sweet enough. The pure fruit is very tasty but the sweetness of your jam depends on you and your family's personal preference. I like to add just a little more sugar.  I put the sugar and the juices on the stove to boil. When the sugar is dissolved, I add Pectin which is a natural product made from apples, and works as a natural thickener. I stir it all continuously. Then I take the boiled juice and put into individual jars leaving at least ¼" head room so that the lids go on nice and tight.  Then I use a large pressure cooker and I am able to fit all 12 of my individual jars in the bottom. I leave it to boil for 10 more minutes, and what that does is create an airtight seal, so I can store these jars until I need them. Then I will have 1 jar of blueberry grape jelly for every month of the year. My family will love that!