Sweet, Sweet Sunday

Making the Perfect Refrigerator Jam

*************

The Ingredients

  • Fruit of choice…such as strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, peach,
  • 1Tbsp lemon juice
  • large pinch salt
  • 2-1/4C sugar
  • 1 box (1-3/4oz SURE-JELL
  • 3/4C water

 

***************

Preparing the Fruit

When buying your fruit, make sure to buy only firm, perfectly ripe fruit. Only the best fruit will give you the best flavor and consistency.

First wash the fruit and remove any stems or peels.

Pick through berries, discarding any soft or rotten ones.

Chop the fruit into large chunks if you feel like you need to…obviously raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries can all remain whole.

Mash the fruit, using a potato masher or fork. How much you smoosh the fruit will depend on just how chunky you want your jam to be.

Add sugar to the crushed fruit.

Let sit for at least ten minutes, while you are making the topping…stirring occasionally.

********************

Making Your Base

 

First place a couple metal spoons in the freezer…(you’ll see why a little later)…

Combine all of the ingredients in a large saucepan.

Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

Let boil for 1min.

Let the jam cook for about twenty minutes.

Use a candy thermometer to see if your jam has cooked long enough or not. Cook until the thermometer reads 220ºF.

If adding any fresh herbs—such as basil, mint, or thyme—to your jam, add them during the last few minutes of the cooking process so that they retain their bright flavor.

Remove saucepan from heat.

Don’t expect your finished jam to be as firm as traditionally processed jam…this will actually make the jam easier to spread onto your toast, biscuits, or whatever.

******************

Sterilizing the Jars

While you are waiting for your jam to finish cooking, take the time to sterilize your jars.

To do this, thoroughly wash these jars, their lids and their screw bands….then put them into a large pot and add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil. Let boil for 15min.

Turn off the heat. Leave the jars, lids, and bands in the hot water until ready to use.

 

 

*************

Filling Your Jars

 

Use tongs to lift the jars, lids, and screw bands from the water, Dry them thoroughly.

Ladle the hot jam carefully into the sterilized jars, leaving 1/2″ space between the jam and the top of the jar.

Screw the lids on the tops of the jars tightly.

Wipe any jam from the rims of the jars with a wet paper towel.

Let the jars set out on the counter at room temperature overnight.

The jam will stay good in the fridge for up to three weeks….or in the freezer for up to one year. If you freeze it, let it thaw out in your refrigerator before using.f

Getting Healthy

  Rub-a-Dub-Dub…Why Use a Sugar Scrub?!

  

 

 Sugar is an excellent ingredient in skincare that has many beauty benefits to offer. This is why so many brand-name body scrubs are on the market.

So  incorporating sugar into your regular body care routine adds to the recipe of overall natural beauty.

Several of the enefits from exfoliating the skin on your body at least twice a week are…

  • 1.  Sugar scrubs help hydrate your skin. 
  • 2.  Sugar scrubs help speed up the cell regeneration process.
  • 3.  Sugar scrub help you to have fresher, younger-looking skin.
  • 4.  Sugar scrubs remove dead surface skin cells from the top layer of skin. 
  • 5.  Sugar scrubs help moisturizers work better and longer.
  • 6.  Sugar scrubs unclog pores from excess oil, dirt and dead skin cells     without drying the skin.
  • 7.  Sugar scrubs can help reverse early signs of aging, such as fine lines and uneven skin tone. 
  • 8.  Sugar scrubs enhance blood circulation. 
  • 9.  Sugar scrubs increase collagen production.
  • 10.  Sugar scrubs help prevent acne, whiteheads, blackheads, breakouts and other skin blemishes. 
  • 11.  Sugar scrubs refresh tired, dull looking skin.
  • 12. Sugar scrubs can decrease the symptoms of skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis.
  • 13. Sugar scrubs help maintain younger looking skin. 
  • 14. Sugar scrubs tone and tighten the pores of the skin. 
  • 15. Sugar scrubs help prevent ingrown hairs and make hair removal easier
  • 16. Sugar scrubs smooth razor bumps.
  • 17. Sugar scrubs reduce stress.
  • 18. Sugar scrubs help protect skin against harmful toxins. 
  • 19. Sugar scrubs can actually improve the health of your skin. 
  • 20.  Sugar scrubs make excellent gifts, especially homemade sugar scrubs in classy, well-labeled jars.