Wild-fruit Freezer Jam

Modern Pioneer - - [wild Fruits] -

Freezer jam is a great way to pre­pare ex­cess wild fruit for long-term stor­age. This ba­sic recipe works with just about any fruit species or type, and doesn’t re­quire a pres­sure can­ner.

• 2 ½ cups cleaned fruit (berries work well; try a mix­ture if you have more

than one type ripe at the same time in your area) • 4 ½ cups white su­gar • ¾ cup wa­ter • 1 box Sure Jell Fruit Pectin

1. Mix fruit and su­gar in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, heat the wa­ter and fruit pectin. Bring to a boil for one minute, then re­move from heat. Stir the pectin mix­ture into the fruit. Con­tinue stir­ring un­til the su­gar has com­pletely dis­solved.

2. Al­low the jam to cool, and spoon into clean plas­tic con­tain­ers with tight-fit­ting lids. Store the jam in the freezer un­til ready for use. Re­frig­er­ate af­ter open­ing and thaw­ing the jam.

(right) Prickly pear cac­tus plants are cov­ered with ex­tremely sharp spines. Use tongs to har­vest the brightly col­ored fruit.

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