Sunday, July 29, 2012

Saskatoon Berry Jam

Today is my 6th wedding anniversary and since my husband LOVES both Saskatoon berries and jam, I decided to combine the two for him.   I bought 2 lbs of these delicious looking berries at the farmer's market this week, and he devoured the entire 1st pound (pictured above) the first night.

Since Marc grew up in Hanna, Alberta (right near the Saskatchewan border), Saskatoon berry bushes were quite a common berry to have in your yard.  He ate plenty of them every summer growing up, and upon tasting the berries I brought home he said that it reminded him of his childhood. They grow here as well, though they are more common on that side of the province. 

This recipe makes approximately 3 cups of jam. 

- 4 cups Saskatoon berries
- 3 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 a lemon (juice and zest)
Wash Saskatoon berries and pat dry.  Combine berries, sugar, and water in a large saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.  We really like chunky jam with large berry pieces throughout, but if you prefer a smoother jam you can put the berries through a blender or food processor first. 
Once mixture is boiling, add lemon juice and zest and boil for 15 or so minutes (depending on how thick you like your jam), continuing to stir often. 
Working quickly, pour jam into sterilized jars being careful not to drip any onto the edge of the jar.  If jam does come in contact quickly wipe the jar with a damp cloth, and dry the rim thoroughly to ensure your jam seals properly.  Place lids and rims on jars and seal immediately.  Leave jam to cool on counter.  You should hear lids pop after a half hour or so.  If lids don't pop by the time the jam has cooled, place jam in  the fridge. 
You can test if your jam has sealed properly by pressing the lid gently.  If it's sealed properly there will be no give in the lid.  If there is any give whatsoever, your jam has not sealed properly. 



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