I've purchased 2 very old canners at yard sales (one for $1, one for $3), not for actual canning, but to make bulk recipes of jam or soups.
They work the best because they are heavy duty and nothing sticks to the bottom!
They are 2 of my very favorite yard sale finds, and I store them in my garage pantry.
With the strawberries coming on in my yard, and seeing this on my kitchen counter this week ...
I knew it was time to get more peanut butter at the store - and time to make my GREEN method of strawberry jam!
Disclaimer: I know my family's method may be controversial - so you can choose if you want to process the jars in boiling water for 10 minutes in a canner, or try this. Or read about the different opinions here!
I call this method of canning "green" because you don't have to use energy while processing the jam. It's how I was taught to make jam, and this method has been done for many, many years by many, many people! I believe each person has her own personal preference, and usually it comes from how we were taught to make jam.
For me, my mother taught me to flip the HOT jars (of boiling jam) upside down on the kitchen counter.
Purchase or pick your berries. Here's a cheaper way to get jam berries (berries that are not perfect). Make sure you have canning jars, lids, rings and SURE JELL.
Stem, wash, and puree your berries.
Measure out exact berries and sugar, and follow the directions on the Sure Jell package. Each kind of berry is listed with exact ingredients.
Boil your rings and lids.
Wash your jars and pull them out of the dishwasher HOT. Fill the jars.
After jarring the BOILING jam, put the lid and ring on, and immediately turn upside down on a towel on the kitchen counter.
The jam is hot and automatically seals the jar, as long as you keep it turned upside down for at least an hour.
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The other day our neighbor boy, Daniel, helped us with yard work and chores around the house. He's such a great kid. And he didn't want to get paid, so I gave him his VERY OWN jar of jam!
Make jam, and give it away! People love homemade jams - at least our family does!
I'd love to hear how you learned to make jam - was it from your Mother, or a friend?
Or did you just get brave and decide to try it on your own?
Now head on over to Rhoda's and check out her awesome yard sale finds this week, over at Southern Hospitality!