Friday, December 30, 2011

Pear Berry Jam

I love the natural sweetness of pears and when simmered with berries like raspberries, blackberries, and cranberries - the natural tartness of the berries along with the pears soft, sweet flavor - this makes a bold blend for jam, and it's certain to be a crowd favorite.

12 large Bartlett pears ($3.25)
1 1/2 C. cranberries ($.40)
1 pint blackberries (blueberries would work fine too) ($.50)
1 C. strawberries or raspberries ($.25)
2 T. lemon juice ($.05)
1 C. water (free)
1/2 tsp. ground ginger ($.05)
1 2/3 C. sugar ($.15)

Peel and core pears, roughly chop into smaller pieces.

Rinse berries and hull and quarter the strawberries.

Add fruit, water, lemon juice, and ginger to a pot and cook over medium heat to a simmer. Let simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, mash fruit lightly and stir occasionally. Stir in sugar by 1/3 C. until it reaches your desired sweetness.

Cool completely and transfer to airtight containers and refrigerate.
Follow canning method for applesauce if canning is desired.

Yields - 6-7 pints
Cost: $4.65
Cost per pint: $.75

1 comment:

  1. Joyful BlessingsJanuary 03, 2012

    This sounds so easy! Can't wait to try it.