Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Three Ingredient Jam (recipe)

Berry jam on toast with a side of more berries. Yum!

Iron Craft's Al Fresco challenge had me stumped (again), but thanks to my genius husband and his genius idea of making my jam, I was able to participate this week. The part that I had the problem with is, well, all of it. The challenge was to do something picnic-centric. I hate picnics. I hate eating outdoors. I hate being outdoors. The whole thing seems like a bad idea. So germy...the bugs...the UV rays...not good. I do like picnic baskets, but have no idea what I'd do with one if I had one. They're just cute.

 Anyway, I made my Three Ingredient Jam.

The ingredients.

Three Ingredient Jam
(makes 2 cups)

  • 16 oz. Strawberries
  • 12 oz. Blackberries
  • 1 1/2 cup Apple Juice (no sugar added)
  1. Hull and dice the strawberries. 
  2. Add all ingredients to a pot. 
  3. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. 
  4. Simmer until the mixture reduces by half (approx. 2 hours), stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool some before pouring the jam into jars. Refrigerate.
  6. Nom, nom, nom.
 If you like a sweeter jam, feel free to add a sweetener of your choice.

The ingredients in a pot, precooked.

The ingredients in a pot, cooked.

Since I had two hours to kill before the jam was finished, I decorated the lid of the jar. I attached a cupcake liner to the lid using a ton of glue dots and then put a coordinating rubber band around the lid, held down with more glue dots. A good quality cupcake liner will hold up to handling. I also made a label, but didn't attach it until after the jam was poured in, in case of spills.

Decorated lid.

I repeat - Yum
I do realize I've been on a major strawberry kick lately. I don't foresee that ending anytime soon.


  1. Yum! I love that you used your free time while the jam was cooking to decorate your jam jar :)


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