Jul 24, 2009

Homemade Jam

Our family has started a small tradition of picking berries every year to make freezer jam. This year, a friend of ours told us about a great little U-Pick berry farm in the city of Carnation, WA.

It's called Harvold Berry Farm and it's just north of the town. If you're ever in the area, I'd highly recommend this place, the berries were HUGE and at only $2.00 per pound, they were MUCH cheaper than buying from the grocery store, plus they let you eat while you pick!

It took us a little over an hour to pick two flats! The flats hold about 10 lbs each, we came in a bit under at two flats for $36.

For making the jam, we followed the recipe on the back of a box of Sur Gel Pectin, which is as follows:

3 Cups mashed berries
5 1/4 Cups sugar
3/4 Cup boiled water
1 Box Sur Gel Pectin

In a large bowl, stir sugar into mashed berries and let sit for 10 min, stirring occasionally. In a small sauce pan, boil 3/4 C water. Add box of pectin and boil for 1 minute. Stir constantly. Remove from heat, stir into berries until well mixed. Let the berries sit out for 24 hours, then spoon into containers and freeze.

We've been using these little square tupperware containers by Ball and they work great for keeping the jam.

And the final product! The best tasting jam in the world, yum!


  1. YUM! We planted strawberries this year. We got 1! lol

  2. Aww hopefully you'll get more next year! We used to have strawberries in my mom's garden but they've since fled the coop. There's nothing like fresh berries though!


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