10.07.2010

Jammin' In My Jammies


There are few things I love more than my cozy pants. So the chance to stay in my cozy pants all day is quite frankly AH-mazing. Almost as amazing as my jam.

So I made jam in my jammies. It's the best of both world's here in L.A. this morning.


Raspberries and Peaches were both on sale at Trader Joe's; Raspberries $4.49 for 14 oz. and Peaches $4.99 for 4 lbs. My raspberry jam recipe needs two containers of berries but yields eight - 8 oz. jars of jam (that's less than $1.50 per jar when you include the Sure Jell pectin and the sugar) and the peach jam recipe uses six of the nine peaches included in my 4 lb. box and makes six - 8 oz. jars of jam (less than $1 per jar!)

The good thing about quick jam recipes is that the fruit is not cooked, so you retain the nutritional value of the fruit, but you can keep it for up to a year in the freezer with no canning or processing! You simply mix the pectin with the sugar required, add 1 C. of water and bring to a boil, allow to boil for ONE minute, and add the chopped fruit and stir. That's it! Pour into your very clean containers (I wash my Ball jars in the dishwasher on the "sanitize" setting) and let sit on the kitchen counter for 24 hours. Then you can either refrigerate your jam for up to three weeks, or plop in the freezer for up to one year.

It really couldn't be easier, cheaper, or a better gift. I love making jam, and even though I'd like to graduate to actual canned and processed food one day, this jam works for me right now. I can't wait to share it with my family this weekend! I'm sure it will go well with Grandma's coffee cake for breakfast. Mmmm...Grandma's coffee cake!


Raspberry Jam
(from the insert in the Sure-Jell box)

4 C. mashed Raspberries (about two 14 oz. containers)
4 C. Sugar
1 Pink Box Lower-Sugar Sure-Jell Fruit Pectin

Peach Jam
(from the insert in the Sure-Jell box)

4 C. mashed Peaches (about six peaches, not over-ripe)
2 Tbs. Fresh Lemon Juice
2 1/2 C. Sugar
1 Pink Box Lower-Sugar Sure-Jell Fruit Pectin

Time to go pack for the weekend! I'm off on a red-eye tonight and will wake up in Michigan! What are your weekend plans?

Xoxo,

 
P.S. I just finished editing my new "Recipes" page! Check it out! Every Living and Loving recipe is there!

10 comments :

  1. I love homemade jam!! It look so pretty and cute. The peach sounds yummy.

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  2. Peach jam...yum! Almost as good as apricot.

    Have fun on your trip! My AZ brother and his family are coming into town on Saturday for a week. Yay!? ; )

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  3. I bet that peach jam is simple amazing! The only thing that would take it up a notch would be the addition of blueberries, IMO! That's my fave combo. And homemeade jam is da bomb mixed into plain yogurt...Mmmmmm

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  4. I love that you did this. I've wanted to make jam forever, and keep saying I will... so why HAVEN'T I?!

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  5. Look at you Miss domestic! I have never attempted jam, but only 3 ingredients? Humm, maybe I'll give it a shot!

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  6. What a great way to spend the day in your pajamas and making jams. I would love to have a day like that and also bake cookies :)

    I'm from L.A. too. I just found your blog and I'm glad I did. I look forward to reading more of your posts :)

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  7. What a great way to spend the day in your pajamas and making jams. I would love to have a day like that and also bake cookies :)

    I'm from L.A. too. I just found your blog and I'm glad I did. I look forward to reading more of your posts :)

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