For those of you who don’t know, I LOVE my bread machine! Did you know that in addition to yummy, healthy bread, you can also make your very own jam?!?!?!? Yes, I am trying to convince you that you NEED to get a bread machine. Believe it or not, I have found most, if not all of mine at either garage sales or thrift stores, paying about $10 on average for each. So, if you aren’t convinced yet, take a look at the pic below of the strawberry jam we made. What I love about it is that I can control how much sugar is in it and there are no preservatives!!! Can’t beat that!!! So, if you are interested in giving it a try, here is the recipe directly from one of my bread machine manuals.
For Strawberry, Blackberry, or Raspberry Jam:
2 cups of fresh or frozen (thawed) fruit
3 1/4 cups of sugar
(no I’m not kidding…only two ingredients!!!)
Wash fruit and remove the stems. Mash up the fruit. Do not puree it because it is jam so it should have bits of fruit in it. I used a potato masher to do this. Next, measure out 2 cups of mashed berries. (Be sure to measure AFTER mashing them…not before.) Put mashed berries and sugar into the bread machine. I have gotten to where I can make this recipe using just 2 3/4 cups of sugar and we still like it. It is plenty sweet for us. But, using less sugar does make the jam thinner. So, be sure to experiment if you are planning on adjusting the amount of sugar. I will probably try using 2 1/2 cups of sugar next time to see how it goes. Once in the pan, select the jam cycle and let the machine do its work. After it is done, I freeze the jam until we are ready to use it. Yes, it is that easy!!!!
Oh, I have also made raspberry jam and it was delicious as well. However, the kids didn’t care so much for all the little seeds getting stuck in their teeth.