we’re jammin’


So, my desire to make my own jam has hit home a rather annoying point.

January really isn’t the best time to be trying all this DIY stuff.

Nothing is in season but snow peas.

Making jam in the middle of winter could put us in the poor house.

Thankfully, I had a bag of frozen mixed berries lurking in my deep freeze.

Please don’t ask me how long it’s been there.

Anyhow, the recipe I found was quick, easy and relatively cheap.


Very Berry (and sugar-free!) Jam

1 1/2 c frozen berries
1/4 c apple juice concentrate
1 – 2 tbsp tapioca flour (depending on how thick you like your jam)

*  In a food processor, pulse the berries and juice together.  Don’t over-blend.  Leave some chunks!
*  Add berry mix to a small saucepan and sprinkle the tapioca over them.  Mix to coat evenly.
*  Let sit for a few minutes.
*  On medium heat, slowly bring the berries to a boil.  Stir constantly until jam has thickened.
*  Pour into a clean glass container and enjoy within 2 weeks.
*  Makes approximately 1 cup.


Recipe Notes

I almost threw out this recipe right after making it.  I tried the jam while it was still warm and it had this horrible mouth-feel to it.  Almost as if it was greasy.  I planned on suffering through the failed batch and try another recipe later.  Have no fear, however.  The strangeness of it goes away as soon as the jam cools completely.  Whew!
I couldn’t believe how quick this was to make.  10 minutes, tops.   I don’t know that it’s really worth it to make tonnes at a time.
I think this recipe could easily accomodate whatever fruit is in season at the moment.  I’m going to try strawberry/rhubarb next.


About Angela

My name is Angela. I am a 28 year old psych and criminology graduate, but I'd rather not diagnose you. I am a cuddle-slut. I can recite the entire script of The Princess Bride, (including accents) and believe that the meaning of life is contained within. Polyanna, Snap.com commercials, and Oprah 'reunion shows' make me cry. I can whistle and hum at the same time, but I cannot touch my toes. I am an expert in both listening and talking. I look good in orange. I am a writer. I kick ass in Gin, Hearts, and Cribbage but I don't understand Canasta or Bridge. I can be heard singing Broadway numbers from my shower, and have dressed up as a viking princess, (complete with aluminum foil breast plate) The Phantom of the Opera, and a Ghostbuster for Hallowe'en. I have a bird named Bean. I have a brother named Adam. They are not related. I like vanilla body lotion, peanut butter, saunas, Jim Carrey, broccoli, pets, TheOnion.com, Muppets, Kevin Smith, Corelle dishes, dry erase white-boards, Barenaked Ladies, Philosophy, the letter J, Harry Potter, picture frames, swimming, quilting, Michael Moore, genealogy, Raggedy Anne, tacky 50's tchotchke, 'Idiot's Complete Guide To' books, tweezers, feather pillows, polar dips, aquariums, Martin Luther King Jr., and Dr. Pepper. I don't like meat, gossips, cooked carrots, American Idol, mosquitoes, sweating, politics, public washrooms, tardiness, tuition, hunting, pat answers, pick up lines, brown bananas, cliches, pine scented air freshener, Kevin Costner, bacon, candied apples, pro-wrestling, humidity, and hypocrisy. Books I've read recently The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Dark Tower, When Nietzsche Wept, What's So Amazing About Grace?, Catcher in the Rye, Not Wanted On the Voyage, The Red Tent, The Little Prince, The Way the Crow Flies, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Poisonwood Bible, The Fall, The Knot of Vipers, Calculating God, The Chrysalids, Sick Puppy, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Franny and Zooey, The Brothers Karamazov, and jPod. I am slightly neurotic. No I'm not. Yes I am.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s