Meadowlark's Sunshine Jam

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This comes from Meadowlark, a blogging friend.

Makes about three 8-ounce jars (or six 4 ounce jars).  This was quick and easy, a good way to use up a slightly too-ripe pineapple.  Marmalade-like in texture.

4 cups finely chopped, peeled/cored, fresh pineapple
2 1/2 c white sugar
1 small lemon (unpeeled), seeded and thinly sliced
1 cup water
Directions
1. Prepare canner, jars & lids.  Scrub the dickens outta the lemon before slicing it. Organic would be best as the peel holds so many chemicals.
2. In large, deep stainless steel saucepan, combine pineapple, sugar, lemon and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Boil, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens - could take 15 minutes, or as much as 45. Remove from heat and test gel. If gel stage has been reached, skim off foam. (Note: I went to 200 degrees and got good gel. I think this is easy to over-gel.)
3. Ladle hot jams into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Remove air bubles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot jam. Wipe rim. Center lid.
4. Process 10 minutes (add minutes based upon your altitude). Let cool 5 minutes in water, then remove, cool and store.
 
Notes:
First made Dec 2008.  Makes a good gift, and does not depend on summer-season fruits.  Beware of tough little strips of lemon peel.  The second time I made it, I zested the lemon before slicing it, to reduce the density of the peel.

Now I am testing a version with just lemon juice.  No matter what I do, I seem to end up with hard, candied lemon peel pieces in the jam, which make it difficult to spread.




Matriarchy

Member since Sep 2007

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