My Grandma McGee taught me how to can and make jams & jellies. I remember her pantry was always filled with her canned goods. As a young bride she taught me how to can peaches, apricots, applesauce and other goodies. I rarely can fruit anymore but I make jams & jellies all year long. I find the process very relaxing, love the finished products and always think of Grandma as I'm working.
I have a few modern conveniences that Grandma didn't have that makes the jam-making process a little easier; a food processor for slicing, a strawberry huller and air conditioning!
I'm not a pectin "purist", I use Sure-Jell pectin. It makes a consistent jam and is a lot easier than making my own pectin. Grandma told me stories of having to make pectin for certain fruits and how it added to the labor. She said when she "discovered" Sure-Jell and other pectin products she was so thrilled!
So, even though I have a few shortcuts that Grandma didn't, one thing hasn't changed with jam-making... the mess!
I got two batches of jam done today. Strawberry jam...from Nana's kitchen...made with love.
Strawberries are in season! I'm joining Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper.