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How to: Easy homemade jam to bake with

Strawberries
Strawberriesabigialbatchelder/flickr

Summer fruit is in season and delicious. But, if you don’t eat it right away you’ll miss out on their delicious flavor. Make your favorite summer fruits into jams so you can enjoy, and bake with, them for months to come!

After you follow the steps use your jam to bake these wonderful desserts:

• If you love peanut butter and jelly, you’ll love these chocolate jam thumbprint cookies, no matter what age you are.
• Who doesn’t love a jelly filled doughnut? Use your homemade jam to make jam filled doughnut muffins.
• These jam squares are a quick and easy summertime treat. There’s only five ingredients!

Want to make your jam using local Madison are fruit? Stop by these local farmers’ markets:
• Capitol Square: Saturdays 6:30am-2 pm
• 200 Block of Martin Luther King Blvd. in Madison: Wednesdays 8:30am-2pm

Strawberries
Strawberries abigialbatchelder/flickr

Strawberries

Most jam making requires preservatives and jarring systems.  However, you can get homemade jam in a few quick and easy steps.  Start by grabbing your favorite summer fruit.  For this example, strawberries are used.

Chopping strawberries
Chopping strawberries dvortygirl/Flickr

Chopping strawberries

You will need: (This recipe originated from thekitchn)

2/12 cups chopped fruit
1 lemon
¼ cup sugar
Pinch of salt

Note: This is a preservative free jam recipe

Lemons
Lemons jh_tan84/Flickr

Lemons

Combine the fruit, sugar and pinch of salt in a heavy bottomed pot.  Cut a wedge of lemon, squeeze juices in the mixture and drop rind into the pot.

Stirring and mashing
Stirring and mashing Andrew Beeston/Flickr

Stirring and mashing

Cook and mash the fruit until the mixture reaches a boil. Stir frequently and continue to cook for 5-8 minutes until the jam has thickened.  (Click here to find out how you can test your jams doneness with the spoon test).  Taste the jam and add sugar or lemon juice as needed.

Jarred jam
Jarred jam joefoodie/Flickr

Jarred jam

Place jam in a glass jar and store in the refrigerator for up to the three weeks.  Want to enjoy your jam at a later date or save it for baking later on?  No problem!  You can freeze your jam!