NO PECTIN JAM RECIPES
These recipes usually make less jam than the ones that have added pectin to them, since you boil them longer the fruit boils down to a more concentrated product.
Just keep an eye on the pan at all times so the bottom doesn't scorch.
These are all easy to make and delicious.
8 cups crushed hulled strawberries
6 cups sugar
In a large stainless steel saucepan, combine strawberries and sugar
Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar.
Boil, stirring frequently until mixure thickens.
Remove from heat and do the gel test.
The gel test is where you put a plate in the frig and let it get cold, take it out and put a dab of jam on the plate and put the plate back in the frig.
Check it a minute later to see if its runny or set. It does not have to be totally set at this stage either.
Its just so long as the its not liquidy and running on the plate.
If its the consistency you want, then you are done, if you want it thicker then keep cooking it.
By the time you have done this more than once then you will be able to tell when its ready just by sight.
When its done, skim off foam and pour into jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace and seal.
Follow the exact same directions for cooking as the above recipe, using these ingredients below instead.
8 cups chopped pitted peeled apricots
4 tbs lemon juice
6 cups granulated sugar.
Process the same way as the above recipe
5 cups coarsley chopped pitted Damson plums
3 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup water
SPICY PEACH JAM
4 tart apples, peeled cored and chopped
5 cups chopped pitted peeled peaches
1 can 12oz- undiluted frozen unsweetened condensed apple juice thawed
1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
2 tbs lemon juice
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
I am going to throw this one in here just because it has some honey in it and its a little unusual as well.
YELLOW TOMATO BUTTER
5 lbs yellow tomatoes, cored and quartered
1 1 inch piece peeled gingerroot
1tbs whole allspice
2 cinnamon sticks( each about 4 inches long) broken into pieces
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup honey
In a large stainless steel saucepan, crush tomatoes with a potato masher/
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Reduce heat and boil gently, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes are soft, about 20-30 minutes.
Working in batches, press tomatoes through a food mill,sieve or strainer to seperate the pulp from skin and seeds.
Discard skin and seeds.
Measure 8 cups of tomato pulp
Meanwhile tie gingeroot, allspice and cinnamon sticks in a spice bag or you can use a square of cheesecloth and create your own.
In a clean large stainless steal saucepan combine the tomato puree, sugar, honey and spice bag.
Stir until sugar dissolves.
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently.
Reduce heat and boil gently. stirring frequently ,until mixture thickens and mounts on a spoon.
Discard spice bag.
Ladle hot butter into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace.
Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace if necessary by adding more mixture, wipe rims and screw on lids.
Process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes.