My mom taught me to make jam while I was in college and I hope to someday pass on the tradition to my kids. They are too young to even join me in the kitchen during jamming, so I usually end up making a batch late at night. Start to finish, one batch usually takes me about one hour. Although I love the look of chopped fruit with a knife, using a food processor cuts the time down by at least 5 minutes!
Have you made jams before? It really isn't as hard as it seems (I don't even own a canner, but ooh, how I wish I did!) If you have the fruit, the jars, surgel, pectin, and a large pot with a metal circle cooling rack that fits inside your pot - then you can do it!
My suggestions for canning for the first time.
1. Read through the recipe first
2. Set out EVERYTHING you need before you begin.
3. Walk through the process once in your mind before you actually do it.
4. Invite a friend or spouse to help you the first time - two in the kitchen is helpful for canning (in my opinion)
In response to readers questions on FB -
Here is a really quick video of the Hot Water Process I use for my jams and the reason why I can store them in the pantry, not the fridge!
For those wanting a little more step by step of the whole process. I think this video may help!
What have you canned before??? Any tips you would share???