I wait all year long for the fresh fruit to be ready to pick. Nothing says summer to me like going out to the raspberry patches with my basket and picking all my own fruit. My favorite part is bringing it all back home and making jam out of it. Not only is it absolutely delicious but they make great gifts for teachers and co-workers too. This year, I embarked on a new jam. J had made awesome peach-raspberry jam last year and I was dying to make some of my own. With that in mind, my two little girls and I set out to the peach orchard and the raspberry patch. After picking all the perfect peaches, we headed off to the raspberry patch braving the heat and the hundreds of bees. Nothing was going to stop me from my delicious jam, not even some very selfish bees! After getting home in one piece my little L and I washed all the fruit, and measured out what we would need for our first batch.
*4 cups granulated suger
*4 cups raspberries
-place sugar on baking sheets and warm in 250` for 15 min (warm sugar dissolves better)
-Place berries in saucepan. Bring to a full boil over high heat, mashing berries as they heat. Boil hard for 1 min. Stirring constantly.
-Add warm suger, Return to a boil and boil until mixture forms a gel about 5 minutes. Jam is done when drops are very thick and 2 drops run together before falling off the spoon.
-Ladle into steralized jars and process. Process for 5 minutes. (that is, put jars with lids secured tightly into boiling pot of water and leave them in there for 5 minutes.)
ENJOY your absolutly delicious jam!