Sweet, fruity, spreadable love.
Why do you have to be so intimidating to make?
No. I love you, but I’m not hunting down pectin, whatever that is.
But I want you! My peanut butter and jelly sandwiches need you! (Okay, I know jam is not jelly, but you know what I mean.)
But I am
stubborn persistent. I want my jam.
I do not want to pay 10 dollars a jar for the decent stuff I want.
So I will disregard all the supposed difficulty and excessive canning equipment, and I will make it simple.
And it worked!
The World’s Easiest Homemade Jam
at least one basket of strawberries, hulled and cut in half lengthwise (I have done this with blueberries, but I cannot vouch for other berries. Yet.)
1/16t salt per basket of strawberries used
Mash berries with a potato masher until juicy but chunky, like this.
Add salt and boil mixture for about 10 minutes, or until thick.
Now whip out your immersion blender and blend until smooth. I bet you could do this in a regular blender if you want, or completely skip the blending altogether. But I think blending really brings this fabulously smooth consistency to the jam.
You can add sugar if you like, but even I think this is sweet enough on its own. And I do like my sweet.
Excuse me, I have a peanut butter and
jelly jam sandwich to make.