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canning jams user banned
21st Mar '13

so this year i want to do it right-last year i tried jelly and though that worked out really well i think it was just really wasteful.
So i wanted to do jams-but every time i tried the end result was just mushed up sort of watery fruit-not like store bought at all. is this the way its supposed to be for home-made? am i doing something wrong? I followed the recipes from pickyourown.org



i was thinking of adding more juice and pectin so there is some matrix for the fruit to be suspended in . will that help?



i want to use 4oz jam jars as wedding favors so i really want to get this right!

.Jezebel. 1 child; Sumter, South Carolina 9132 posts
21st Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting cunning cuniculi:</b>" so this year i want to do it right-last year i tried jelly and though that worked out really well i think ... [snip!] ... fruit to be suspended in . will that help? i want to use 4oz jam jars as wedding favors so i really want to get this right!"</blockquote>




It's gonna be a little more watery than store bought, that's normal. Are you using the recipe on the back of the pectin?

user banned 17 kids; Boston, MA, United States 9473 posts
21st Mar '13
Quoting ✽Sara✽:" <blockquote><b>Quoting cunning cuniculi:</b>" so this year i want to do it right-last ... [snip!] ... It's gonna be a little more watery than store bought, that's normal. Are you using the recipe on the back of the pectin?"


give or take, but pretty close yeah. i remember it was hard because i never knew how big my batch was.



are blueberries different? that one was the worst i think-literally chunks of blueberry mush.
I will probably just do raspberries and maybe peaches this year. the peaches tasted great but were stringy last year so ill have to chop them really finely hopefully that will work.



the thing is my budget/schedule wont allow a whole lot of test runs like last year did. id rather just get it right lol
know any really good tried and true recipes for those?

.Jezebel. 1 child; Sumter, South Carolina 9132 posts
21st Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting cunning cuniculi:</b>" give or take, but pretty close yeah. i remember it was hard because i never knew how big my batch was. ... [snip!] ... lot of test runs like last year did. id rather just get it right lol know any really good tried and true recipes for those?"</blockquote>



I just always use the one on the pectin box. The first year didn't turn out great, but we did better the second. We always do muscadine grape jelly/jam. What we do is boil the fruit in grape juice, then we mash them through a strainer. That way you get the juice and pulp but not the skin. Maybe you could try that with the blueberries?

user banned 17 kids; Boston, MA, United States 9473 posts
21st Mar '13
Quoting ✽Sara✽:" <blockquote><b>Quoting cunning cuniculi:</b>" give or take, but pretty close yeah. ... [snip!] ... them through a strainer. That way you get the juice and pulp but not the skin. Maybe you could try that with the blueberries?"


thats a good idea
i think the skin gave it a really crappy texture

.Jezebel. 1 child; Sumter, South Carolina 9132 posts
22nd Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting cunning cuniculi:</b>" thats a good idea i think the skin gave it a really crappy texture "</blockquote>




Definitely! Haha. I think we messed up the first time by not following the boiling instructions down to the minute. That's why it was a little watery. If you can, use juice instead of water, it'll give it more flavor.



You'll have to post pictures when your done. (:

user banned 17 kids; Boston, MA, United States 9473 posts
24th Mar '13
Quoting ✽Sara✽:" <blockquote><b>Quoting cunning cuniculi:</b>" thats a good idea i think the skin gave ... [snip!] ... watery. If you can, use juice instead of water, it'll give it more flavor. You'll have to post pictures when your done. (:"


haha it wont be for a while. i wanted to get a jump start on research before the farmers markets open up!
im super pumped though :D
the wedding isnt even till late september lol. i think i will try to have my finished product in june or july, so in the previous months ill probably run a couple tests.



i keep seeing jam recipes that call for jello mix. have you ever tied that?
it sounds like the easy way out lol but i wonder how it is?

.Jezebel. 1 child; Sumter, South Carolina 9132 posts
24th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting cunning cuniculi:</b>" haha it wont be for a while. i wanted to get a jump start on research before the farmers markets open ... [snip!] ... jam recipes that call for jello mix. have you ever tied that? it sounds like the easy way out lol but i wonder how it is?"</blockquote>




I haven't ever heard of that, but it should work. Maybe try a small batch and see how it does?