With Mother's Day coming up it's fun to think of small gifts that you can make that show your love. As a kid, I loved making my gifts and I'm starting to come back around to that idea again. My mom will be in town this year, especially if Baby C decides to make a debut. She loves Scones and tea so I am putting together a package for her (hopefully she does not read this until after Mother's Day).
A few years ago my Mother in Law and I spent a day making strawberry jam the long way and I really enjoyed the experience but sometimes you don't have the time or energy to get out all of the jarring equipment and make it in bulk. This recipe is a quick and easy way to make Jam that you can let younger kids help prepare, especially since berries are so easy to cut with a safety knife. You can pick from various types of fruit, such as apple, pear, peach, apricot, grape, and of course any type of berry. Since Strawberries are already in season here due to the drought, that's what I went with.
Homemade Organic Jam
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 2 Tb Sugar, optional
- 1 Tb cornstarch
- 1 cup diced fruit (Apples, pears, strawberries apricots, peaches, berries & grapes)
- Place the sugar and cornstarch into a glass jar. Stir with a spoon until combined. Add the water and stir until all the lumps are dissolved.
- Add the fruit and stir again until completely combined. Place the jar into the microwave, and cook on HIGH for 10 minutes. (Because the water content of fruit varies, you may need to microwave for an extra few minutes to evaporate the excess liquid.)
- The jar of jam will keep in the refrigerator for 2 weeks. It can also be frozen.
To compliment the Jam, you can make your own butter. This is definitely an activity for the kiddos as it requires 10 minutes worth of shaking… so if you have a few kiddos it can be a fun game if you turn on the music and have the Shake It Up (The Cars), Shake it Off (Taylor Swift), & Shake Your Booty (KC & the Sunshine Band).
Another perk is that it requires only 2 things: Heavy Whipping Cream & a jar. This can also be a science experiment as the curds will be separating from the whey.. Yes, think of Little Miss Muffet sitting on her tuffet. Here is a link to another experiment that you can do with your children.
- Heavy whipping cream (at room temperature)
- Glass jar (smaller jar is better if kids will be helping)
- Take cream out of refrigerator for about an hour before making butter.
- Pour cream into glass jar, filling 1/3 to ½ full.
- Shake the jar carefully until the curd separates from the whey. This process takes about 10-15 minutes.
- Pour whey into separate container. This liquid is buttermilk.
- Pour curd into a strainer and let drain for several minutes until all liquid, or buttermilk, is drained off.
- Place curd in a bowl; it is now unsalted butter.