Monday, August 29, 2011

Raspberry Jam Heaven


I did some honest work today; I made some jam -- two batches of raspberry jam.  There IS something so fulfilling about making jam.  I like the process -- the smell and color of the fruit while it is cooking.  I love how beautiful the jam looks in the jars.  I also LOVE the color red.

Look at these jars -- they KNOW they look good.


My kids are wild about raspberry jam -- it's one of their weaknesses.  I WILL have to hide some for a rainy day -- it is like candy for them.  Who wouldn't be wild about jam when it comes from such a luscious fruit -- I even have a teenie bit of guilt eating raspberries because they are soooooo good.


I am sure I helped my mom prepare the fruit for jam when I was a young girl, but I didn't make jam by myself until I was in my 30's.  I was living on acreage in California and we had wild blackberries on our property.  A friend from church, Terry Swarbrick, came home and taught me how.  That blackberry jam -- even with all its seeds tasted so wonderful to me and I was hooked on making jam.

Ten cups of fruit and an obscene amount of sugar yielded me 11 half-pints and 2 pints.


There is no recipe today -- I just used the recipe on the pectin jar.  I just wanted to show off my jars.

Posted with the following:  Ruby Tuesday, Rednesday, Wow Us Wednesday

23 comments:

Megan @ PolishTheStars.com said...

Oh my word! That looks delicious! I really should make my own jam one of these days. A friend of mine brought over homemade strawberry jam one day and it was the best I had ever tasted.

lisa said...

Looks like heaven. They are so pretty.
lisa

The White Farmhouse said...

You are right, it does look pretty in those jars. Great job! I need to do some canning. Expecially before Christmas!

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Yum! I haven't had a good rasberry jam in so long!

Barbara F. said...

Yum! I love raspberry jam. I love raspberry thumbprint cookies at Christmas, I can only imagine the taste with homemade jam!! xo,

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Prettiest thing I've seen today Joni! Love homemade raspberry jam, I had an aunt that was famous for making it:@)

La said...

Sounds so good, Joni and your jars are gorgeous.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This does look so good! Glad I don't know your hiding spot!

KatiePerk said...

They are simply gorgeous! I love canning!

The Slow Roasted Italian said...

I love making jam, I made strawberry and peach this summer. Yours looks beautiful.

Mona Sweden said...

This looks so delicious! I love raspberries. Great shots.

Maria @ LSS said...

Yum! Happy RT!

Mine's here.

Jacqueline said...

Raspberry jam is my all time favorite! Bring me a jar (and some homemade bread too cuz that's the best way to eat it!)

bj said...

Your jars are wonderful. It looks sooo good. I've made a lot of jams and jellies but never raspberry. I would love to make some....
xo bj

Sherry said...

This looks delicious!! The raspberries were plentiful this year at the grocery. I should make this! YUM!
sherry

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

If I had a big bowl of red raspberries, I'd feel like the richest person in the world!

LV said...

I dearly love raspberry tea. Without a doubt I could eat a whole jar of this jam. Nothing better than a hot biscuits, smothered in butter and homemade jam.

Boo-Bah AKA Iris said...

Raspberry jam is delicious and really pretty. I would love to have some on a nice warm biscuit or roll about now.

Elaine said...

Raspberries are one of my favorites.. I love a nice fresh pie made from them. Your jam looks yummy and i can see it slathered on a warm biscuit

Beth said...

Joni, This brings back memories for me. As a teen in 4-H, I entered cooking contests. I made freezer jam, among other things. I never did learn how to can, but I'm good at freezing! And homemade is SO much better than store-bought.
Blessings, Beth

Jill said...

Love raspberry jam - I also blogged about making jam

jillslittlebit.blogspot.com

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Oh, just looking at this post is making me drool! You are right, there is nothing more beautiful than seeing freshly canned goodies all lined up!

SueLovesCherries said...

I trust that you've already put a few jars in the mail to me? ;) I haven't made jam in years, myself! Good job!

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