Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Summer Bliss

It's definitely summer here in hot Arizona.
Kids are out of school.
Vacations are coming soon!
And summer fruit harvest is just beginning.
I have to say that my favorite part of Summer has to be watermelon.
Yep.  It's my absolute favorite thing to eat.
Fresh ripe berries are a close second.
And since both are super cheap, ripe and ready, I'm in heaven.
Today's recipe is similar to my Wa.S.P. jam, but I couldn't think
of a fun acronym so we decided to just call it Summer's Bliss.
It really is!  Each bite screams summer to my taste buds.
So let's get started.

Summer Bliss Jam

You will need a total of 5 cups fruit puree.
I used 3 cups watermelon
1 cup raspberry
1 cup blueberry

Put all fruit in blender and puree to desired consistency.
Pour puree into large stock pot, along with
1/4 cup lemon juice.

You can see mine is a little chunky.  Just the way we like it.

Follow the instructions on your pectin box.
I only used 4 cups sugar for this jam.  It was the perfect amount of sweet.

Prepare your jars while the puree boils.

Bring to a full hard boil, then add the 4 cups sugar all at once.

Bring back to a full boil and let boil for 1 minute.

Put lids in water over medium-low heat and bring water to just below a boil.

Pour jam into prepared jars and attach lids and rings.

Process in your boiling water/steam canner for 10 minutes.

Let cool for 24 hours.
Lable and add to your pantry.
I made 2 batches and got just shy of 8 pints, 
since my canner only holds 7 jars at a time, 
we had some to use right now.

Slather on your favorite slice of bread and enjoy!

Another perfect combination of summer's bounty.

MMMmmm... Summer Bliss!


  1. It looks like you are probably using a steam canner for this. Am I right? I have one that I have been using for fruits, jams, and salsa for probably 15 years now. I recently read that steam canners aren't safe and wondered if I should switch to water bath. I sure haven't ever had a problem with any of the things I've steamed. Have you?

  2. I haven't had any problems with anything I have canned so far, but I will definitely do some research. Thanks for the tip!

    Hugs! :)


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