Raspberry Jam

Summer is so close you can smell it.

from thesoslab

You know what summer means?

Mosquitos, watermelons, and fashion faux pas.

from libumn

Heaps of ’em.

Rising temperatures means rising pant legs. Capris, clam diggers, khaki shorts, and (my fave) jean shorts. Jean shorts means you get to see 80% of too many people’s legs.

from chrisconnolly

100% on a special day.

People get their hair cut a little shorter for summer, too.

from chrisconnolly

Though sometimes not all of it.

Somehow it becomes acceptable to wear a sports bra in place of a shirt.

from fatchicksrule

White pants are also now acceptable to wear.

from swaggle

Please. I don’t want to be able to read the tag on your panties.

Actually, I don’t want to see them at all.

from bayoubabe

(Though the whale tail, sadly, isn’t just a summer thing, but seems to transcend the seasons.)

Mesh is just too breezy to wear in the winter.

form mensunderwearsales

Good thing it’s hot now.

Another thing you can look forward to in summer is…berries!

All sorts–blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries.

from health

I have no favorites. I love them all.

Every year I make strawberry jam. You can read all about it here. This year, when I was making strawberry jam, I decided to make some raspberry jam as well.

It’s actually the easiest thing in the world to make.

Nope. Not kidding. It’s easier than grilled cheese.

from stuffthatlookslikejesus

All you need is a 4 cups of raspberries, 4 cups of sugar, and zest of 1 lemon, plus juice.

Raspberry seeds have naturally pectin in them, so you don’t need to add any.

So grab some berries.

berries

Put them in a large-ish pot. The jam will double in volume, so make sure you account for that when picking a pot. I went a little overboard…but hey, there was no spillover.

big pots

berries in a pot

Smush the berries with a wooden spoon (or your instrument of choice).

Add the sugar.

sweet stuff

It’s kind of a lot of sugar, but trust me on this.

Zest the lemon and add a squeeze of the juice. Careful of the seeds, though. Trust me on this one, too.

zest

Keep stirring the mixture until it boils.

dissolved, pre-boil

It will grow as it heats up, and when it boils it will double in volume. Let it boil, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.

boiling

Let it cool for a couple of minutes, then fill your sterilized jars. I like to use the canning funnel.

canning funnel

At this point, you can use a hot-water bath to seal the jars, or do what I did this time and simply keep them in the refrigerator. I just didn’t have the time or energy to seal the jars.

it didn’t last long

It didn’t matter. It’s all in bellies, now.

I love jam

suck it, martha.

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