CONTRIBUTED BY: DODIE ANDERSON
Large stock pot
Large slotted spoon
Immersion blender, optional for stirring
Use any fresh, seasonal tropical fruit, peaches, apricots, nectarines or plums
Pure cane sugar
Purified or filtered water
PREPARATION AND COOKING TIME
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 1-2 hours
1. Dissolve a few teaspoons of baking soda into a medium bowl of water to wash fruit. Rinse with water.
2. Select several pieces of ripe fruit. If you want to make a lot of jam, use a dozen or so.
3. Bring to boil several quarts of water (enough to cover the fruit).
4. Slowly place the fruit into the boiling water (being careful not to scald yourself).
5. Boil for 1-2 minutes.
6. Remove fruit with a slotted spoon.
7. Skin fruit and remove core and seeds.
8. Slice fruit and measure how many cups you have.
9. Place cut-up fruit in a large pot on medium heat. Add a little water to prevent sticking and burning.
10. Add 1-2 teaspoons of sugar for each cup of fruit. Adjust for sweetness depending on how sweet you like your jam to be.
11. Cook fruit until it is very well cooked for approximately an hour. Keep an eye on it in case you need to add more water to prevent burning. You can use an immersion blender to stir. If you do not overdo stirring you can leave some chunkiness. Remove any excess liquid at the end. Mash fruit as it is cooking if you desire.
12. Let mixture cool.
SOME TIPS AND COMMENTS
1. Aim to use fresh, seasonal tropical fruit, preferably organic.
2. Make enough for only a few servings as the fruit may oxidize and brown.
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