So simple a 10 year old can do it!
Recently I read a newspaper article about home canning. I was excited to see the article, but as I sat down to read it, I realized it was quite daunting. I do some canning about once a week (mostly jam). The directions in the article made canning sound really complicated. I mean if I’d read that article first, I have serious doubts whether I would do any canning or jamming!
Hmmm…..that got me to thinking. As I was reading this article, I had an idea. My niece was spending the week with us. We were having a great time. We’d been to the zoo….had our nails done….
Even got to watch a movie at home using the 3D glasses, very fun!
We were having a great time. In fact I’m quite sure the best music in the world is her laughter, she’s a joy to be around! She also really likes to help me in the kitchen. I asked her if she wanted to make her own jam and she said yes and so we got started. We decided to make blueberry jam and taste tested different spices and things to add to it and ended up with blueberries, ginger and lime as a combo.
When I said make her own jam…I really meant it. I wanted to see if it was hard or easy enough for a child to make (with supervision of course!)
First I asked her to take all the jars, lids and rings and wash them. After cleaning she put them in a big pot, filled it with water and placed it on the stove to boil.
Then she cleaned the blueberries, pureed them using an immersion blender (yes, Chloe did it herself!) and measured the berries to make sure we had just the right amount.
Next came the sugar and pectin. I gave her some direction, but my sweet little niece carefully made sure everything was just right.
When it came to boiling the sugar & berries, I took over and did the stirring. Chloe assured me she could do it and I told her I knew she could….but boiling sugar….it was my turn to take a stir, literally! When the jam was done she ladled it into jars. I put on the lids and screwed on the rings. We put the jam back into a boiling bath to seal it and we….no she was done!
When I said it was so simple a 10 year old can do it….I meant it! Chloe did all the work and got to take all the credit! She made the most amazing jam and again, since she did all the hard work….she got to take some home. She also named the jam – Blueberry Pizzaz Jam! Yes, having her involved increased the time it took to make it from 30 minutes to probably an hour however, it was the best hour I could spend with such a precious person!
If you’d like the recipe for Blueberry Pizzaz Jam, please click here!
Ok…sorry, this one was too fun not to share, have a fabulous day! 😉