So I always have this loooooooooong DIY list that I want to do in my life, and I decide to do random things here and there when I feel like it. I decided to pick one out to gift some loves in my life for Christmas this year; DIY homemade jam, aka “jam-packed” with love (:
The process itself doesn’t seem hard, but it did require some time and work! But now that I got it down, it will be a lot easier the next time I try! Here is my recipe on how to make homemade jam.
What you need:
Jars- I ordered 8 oz. mason jars online (get them here or here)
Organic fruit (I got 4 packs of fresh strawberries and 10 peaches)
Jar decor (stickers, ribbons, etc.)
Here’s my recipe:
- Boil the mason jars to clean them 100%
- Put the jars upside down on a paper towel to dry them completely
- Cut up and mash the fruit in a large bowl
- Drop some lemon juice in the fruit bowl (this will thicken the jam and help the jam last longer in your fridge!)
** Note: I made my jam a little thicker than what you’d normally expect to make them last longer! To do this, all you have to do is to add lemon juice as I mentioned above.
- Add sugar or honey- 3/4 cup for every 2 cups of fruit (I used this organic brown sugar. I also did not put as much sugar as other recipes mention. I think the fruits are naturally sweet to a certain extent that you shouldn’t have to add to much sugar. Honey is also a healthier option)
- Put everything in a pot, boil on high, and once it starts bubbling, bring the heat down to let it all simmer (peach: high for 20 minutes and simmer for 40 minutes, strawberry: high for 10 minutes and simmer for 20 minutes)
- Test by using a spoon and see if it holds its shape
- Once it does hold shape, let it cool, pour into jar, seal, and do some last-minute decor!
I used some white fabric to wrap the lids and create a “jam” jar feel for some of mine. You can really go all out and have fun with the decor part (tie a pretty ribbon, get a patterned fabric, get some stickers for the lids, etc.) if you have the time! I made a total of 24 jars with 4 packs of fresh strawberries and 10 peaches, and I hope everyone who received a homemade jam from me enjoys it (:
- Save time by using frozen fruit or canned fruit
- Also, save time by using a mixer to grind all the fruits together
- There are tons of printable stickers for jars out there to make your jar cuter! Examples here and here.
- Drop some lemon juice in the jam to make your homemade jam last longer
- If the jam ends up being hard or too thick due to temperature, just take out a chunk and microwave it slightly to spread over your bread.