Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mixed Berry Microwave Jam

Preserving Fruit

Capture the bounty of summer fruits in a delightfully sweet and berry-packed homemade jam. This Mixed Berry Microwave Jam will disappear on slabs of toasted, buttered bread so quickly that you won't have to perform the scientifically approved process of a hot-water bath canning session to make it last. You can safely enjoy the fruits of your labor for 2-3 months if you keep it refrigerated. Regular shoppers at Jungle Jim's International Market know to stop in the fresh berry section to discover plump raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries just waiting for a chance to become jam! 


Four simple ingredients are needed:  3 cups assorted ripe berries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1½ cups sugar,½ teaspoon butter. We put the butter and lemon juice in the same small bowl.


Crush berries to measure 2 cups (a potato masher works well for crushing).



The berries should be a soupy, chunky mess! You'll enjoy the berry aroma.


Put all the ingredients in a deep microwave-safe bowl. We really like using Pyrex in the microwave. This is an 8-cup bowl.


Place in the microwave (on a plate or paper towels in case of boil-over) and microwave on high 7-8 minutes or until mixture comes to a full boil.



Remove from the microwave and stir the fruit mixture. Microwave again, uncovered, on high for 8-9 additional minutes, stirring 2-3 times, until the jam begins to coat a spoon and droplets are thick when dripped from the side of a spoon (total microwave time will be 15-17 minutes).



Have ready two 8-ounce or one 16-ounce clean jar(s) with lids. Pour into jars, cool to room temperature and refrigerate.


The jam will remain fresh 2-3 months in the refrigerator. This recipe yields approximately 2 cups of jam.



Mixed Berry Microwave Jam

3 cups assorted ripe berries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1½ cups sugar
½ teaspoon butter


Have ready two 8-ounce or one 16-ounce clean jar(s) with lids.

Crush berries to measure 2 cups (a potato masher works well for crushing).

Place 2 cups crushed berries and remaining ingredients in a 2-quart glass measuring cup or 3 quart bowl and stir to combine thoroughly.

Place in microwave (on a plate or paper towels in case of boil-over) and microwave on high 7-8 minutes or until mixture comes to a full boil. Remove from microwave and stir fruit mixture. Microwave again, uncovered, on high for 8-9 additional minutes, stirring 2-3 times, until jam begins to coat a spoon and droplets are thick when dripped from the side of a spoon (total microwave time will be 15-17 minutes).

Pour into jars, cool to room temperature and refrigerate. Jam will remain fresh 2-3 months refrigerated.

Makes approximately 2 cups



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