Nectar of the gods, my friends. Apple pie jam is what it's all about.
I've teamed up with our foods teacher at school to do a canning lesson and demonstration on Monday. We wanted to do something yummy with apples since they were in season and decided on apple pie jam. Since I need to do it four times, we'll do the apple pie jam once and grape jelly and pickles in the other periods. I'll most likely do the grape jelly twice.
I made a sample batch of the apple pie jam last night in order to make sure it would work...It did and it didn't. I don't believe I got the apple bits small enough since I don't have a food chopper, but we'll do better on Monday. The jam is still a bit soupy. I'm going to say that it 'semi-set up.' You can see the apple bits are floating, so I'm rotating the jars so as it sets up the bits will hopefully wind up suspended. It can take a week or more for jam to set up perfectly, so before I dump it all out to a pot and reprocess it, I'm going to let it sit for 3-4 weeks to make sure.
This has happened to me once before with a jam and it eventually jelled just fine. If it doesn't, I have some fantastic syrup to top pancakes or ice cream with. You can't go wrong.
The morning comes early. Sweet gardening dreams.
January 27, 2015 - Family update
2 years ago