Image by Joshua Weissman via YouTube
Homemade fruit jam is easier to make than I expected. It only requires 3 ingredients and most of the time, you’ll probably have them in your pantry. I love jam and it can pair with many food items such as a sandwich, yogurt, or crackers. Plus, I buy fruits all the time so it would be great to use those fruits if I’m unable to go through them in time. The fruits to make homemade jam can be peaches, raspberry, strawberries, blueberries and etc. Joshua Weissman’s homemade fruit jam tutorial on YouTube is so easy to follow along with and I love the way he goes through the instructions with detail.
First, choose the type of fruit you would like to use for your fruit jam. For every pound of fruit, you’ll need 1/4 – 2/3 cup of granulated sugar. The amount is determined by how sweet the fruit is and how ripe it is. Peel all of your fruits if they have a peel and cut them into small pieces. Toss the fruit in sugar and let it sit for 1-2 hours or overnight wrapped in the fridge. This breaks down the fruit and pulls out liquid to help dissolve the sugar.
Next, put your fruit on a stovetop and add your choice of an acid such as lemon juice, vinegar, or other citrus juice. This changes the flavor a lot and it mellows the sweetness. Lower the heat to medium and let the fruit simmer by stirring often and spooning off any foam that comes on top.
Overall, this inspired me to make jam because my dad buys it so often. I would rather make it myself so I can reduce the sugar if I needed to. It’s nice to know now that I can make homemade fruit jam without stressing about how hard it could be.