The first thing that spring brings me is rhubarb. What does one do with this bountiful harvest? I could make baked goods, wine or jam. I opted for jam but I am sure I will have many more opportunities to try other options!
First, start by harvesting rhubarb that is 10″ or longer. There are two varieties that I am aware of. The red is probably what most people think of, but I have green because it is usually sweeter. 🙂
I cut mine down the length of the stalk and then diced in small pieces. I had just shy of three pounds when I was finished.
Place the cut rhubarb, 2 fresh squeezed oranges, 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon, a 12 oz bag of frozen cherries (no sugar added) and one package of no sugar pectin. Bring mixture to a boil at high heat, stirring often. Chop down the cherries with the edge of your spoon while you cook. Alternatively, you could cut them before putting them in the pot.
Once you can not stir down the boil, add the sugar amount you prefer. I wanted mine more tart that sweet. I added about 1 1/2 cups sugar.
Place finished jam in hot jars and process accordingly. I used Ball Canning calculators to know how long to process and how much pectin. It is a really nice tool to allow some creativity in your jam recipes!
A suggestion a friend gave me is to use this on pork – which I think is brilliant and will be trying soon!
I would love to hear about some of the creative jam combos you have tried. Post in the comments below!