This holiday season consider giving the gift of homemade. A handmade gift warms the heart with intention and purpose. We will share with you a handful of homemade gift ideas beginning with fruit jam. This preserve will last into the New Year and can be modified to accommodate your own fruit selection. Consider a jam using a local, seasonal fruit like strawberries.
Wash, but don’t peel, about seven large tart apples. Cut them into pieces and add four cups of water and two tablespoons of lemon juice. Boil the mixture for 40 minutes, then strain it through a diaper or cheesecloth. Finally, boil the juice for another 20 minutes, pour it into sterilized jars, and seal them.
BERRY JAM WITH FRUIT PECTIN
Clean and crush two quarts of ripe berries (you can use a sieve to remove the seeds). Put four cups of the mashed fruit Into a pot, add four cups of honey, and mix the ingredients together well. Then let the sticky liquid stand for about an hour.
After the sixty minutes are up, stir in one cup of fruit pectin and boil the mixture hard for five minutes (be sure to stir it all the while). Then just remove the jam from the heat, skim the top, and stir the spread until it’s cool (about five minutes). Pour the finished spread into sterilized glasses.