jamIt’s easy to recognize how delicious jams can be– all you have to do is eat them! What most people fail to acknowledge, though, is just how good jams and jellies are for you.  This article does a great job at listing almost twenty health benefits to eating jam.

Jam’s first benefit is the mere fact that eating it instead of butter or margarine on your toast is a huge upgrade in healthy eating.  It also has benefits that are a direct result of the antioxidants, amino acids, minerals and vitamins inherent in the fruits jam is made of.  Health benefits range from helping to heal cuts and wounds, to providing energy, to lowering blood pressure. (These benefits are more prevalent with jams as compared to jellies & preserves but all three have potential.)

Before we get into some fun recipes let’s just briefly define the difference between jam, jelly, and preserves.

  • Jelly: Jelly is made from fruit juice.
  • Jam: Jam is made from whole fruit pulp and tends to be thicker than Jelly.
  • Preserves: Preserves are made from whole fruit and tend to be chunkier than Jam or Jelly.

Now that you are well aware of all differences between jam, jelly and preserves, as well as many of the great reasons to enjoy them, I’m sure you are ready to know how to make them yourself!  Here are four do-it-yourself jam/jelly/preserve recipes you are bound to love:

Simple Quince Jam Recipe: This jam recipe is sure to steal your heart and capture your taste buds. Just 4 easy steps and you are off to making great jam. Please see the link included for directions. To start you will need the following ingredients:

    • 6 cups (packed) of quince, rinsed, grated (discard cores, leave peel on), from about 2 lbs of quince (about 5 quince)
    • 4 1/4 cups water
    • 1/4 cup lemon juice
    • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
    • 4 cups sugar

Cranberry- Raspberry Preserves: You berry lovers will melt when you try this berry delicious preserve. Please see the link included for directions. To start you will need the following ingredients:

  • 6 c Raspberries (3 pints)
  • 2 1/2 c Sugar
  • 3 c Cranberries (12 oz. bag)
  • 1/4 c Fresh orange juice

Meyer Lemon Marmalade: Lemon marmalade is not for everyone, but for those of you who love it, YOU LOVE IT. If you are looking for a great lemon marmalade recipe you can’t go wrong with this one. Please see the link included for directions. To start you will need the following ingredients:

    • 2.5 lbs. Meyer Lemons
    • 8 C Water
    • 6-6.5 C Sugar

Pear and Lemon Jam Recipe: This isn’t the most obvious of combinations to a novice jam maker, but rest assured once you try it you won’t give a second thought as to whether these two flavors belong together. Please see the link included for directions. To start you will need the following ingredients:

    • 2 kilos of pears (peeled, cored and chopped
    • 3 medium lemons (strained juice and zest)
    • 1 kilo of granulated jam sugar
    • 1 litre of water

For those of you who are just getting into jarring you might want to check out these jarring and canning tips.

Happy Jamming!

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