I love crafts so much. I get such a kick out of making something by hand. Especially if I can give it away as a gift. I had an urge recently to try my hand at making something sweet that I could give out as presents. Something that was easy but sounded impressive. Then it hit me — Jam! Is there anybody that isn't even slightly delighted by the idea of homemade jam? If you know somebody who isn't — quit being their friend. They probably don't like cheese or baby zoo animals either.
"How hard is it to make?"... "What flavors should I do?" I pondered to myself while looking out a window thoughtfully. ( not really, but the visual makes the pondering seem deeper) After rummaging around the Internet for a while I found multiple recipes that sounded easy to follow. Okay, now we're talking.
I chose blueberries because they are in season, but plain blueberry jam seemed kind of, meh, to me. What yummy tastes could I add to it; Honey? Maybe. Lavender? That seemed a little too advanced. Cinnamon? Ya! Cinnamon and blueberries sound like a dynamite toast combo. And then I ran across a recipe that uses honey instead of sugar. AH HA! Perfect! Cinnamon Honey Blueberry Jam. Shut up! I'm a jam genius. (pun intended) I decided while getting the ingredients at the store to have even more fun, and make a whole "thing" out of it. I grabbed a bottle of wine as well. I'm going to listen to French music and drink wine while I make jam from scratch. Why not? I'm an adult, I do what I want. Back home I take my purchases out of the bags, turn on the music and uncork the bottle. It's time to make this new craft my beeyah!
Here is what you will need:
3 cups blueberries
3/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2-3 cinnamon sticks
Place the blueberries in a medium to large sized saucepan and crush them up with a potato masher or fork. Crush the berries to the consistency you prefer for your jammy jam.
Add the honey and lemon juice then bring the mixture to a boil while on medium-high heat. Drop in your cinnamon sticks, stir frequently while the mixture boils for 15 - 20 minutes and it starts to thicken.
The best way to test if your done is to put the spoon in the freezer for 5 minutes. If it wont easily pour off the spoon when you remove it from the freezer, then its done.
Spoon the cinnamon sticks out of the jam and skim off any foam from the top of the jelly, ladle the jam into a sterilized jar. Its good for a couple of weeks or you can use canning methods to keep it longer!
When I was done I spread my fresh from scratch blueberry treat on a croissant. I always have croissants around. They are imperative to my well being. Anyway, the jam is incredible! And let me tell you this hot jam is the bomb. You will not be able to help wondering what the hell you have been eating, thinking that that was what jelly tasted like. I cant go back now. I'm ruined for store bought. But it was worth it.
Another craft dominated, some future present ideas have been tucked into my mind Rolodex and I have the self satisfied feeling that comes from making something all by yourself. Although the wine might be helping with that smug feeling too. But who cares?! I made jam from scratch!
Would you ever make jam from scratch? Do you like homemade gifts? Would you want to spend a day dedicated to doing a craft?