Posted by Sara on Apr - 1 - 2014 under Other Recipes
Ingredients

4 cups peeled and chopped (or shredded*) mangoes
3 cups hulled and crushed strawberries
7 1/2 cups sugar (I used organic)
Juice of two lemons
8 Tablespoons fruit pectin
1 Tablespoon butter (to minimize foaming)

EQUIPMENT NEEDED:
8-9 pint canning jars with lids and rings
1 large stock pot
1 large sauce pot
1 jar lifter
1 canning funnel
1 ladle
1 pair tongs
1 whisk
2 kitchen towels

Cooking time: 3-4 hours Serving: 8-9 pints - A LOT OF people

Mango and strawberries? How can you go wrong? These preserves are amazing stirred in with Homemade Yogurt or as a topping for ice cream or Crepes.

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DIRECTIONS

Prepare your canning jars, using instructions found HERE.

Put a small plate inĀ  the freezer for the “done-ness test”. Place mango, strawberries, sugar, lemon juice and butter in a large saucepan and turn heat on medium. Stir until the sugar begins to dissolve. Turn the heat up and bring the mixture to a rolling boil. Cook for 10-15 minutes. Whisk in fruit pectin and cook for another 3-4 minutes, skimming any foam with a large spoon. Test the gel of the preserves by dribbling a small amount onto the cold plate. It should set up almost immediately, if it does not, boil for another 1-2 minutes. Using a jar lifter, remove the jars to a towel from the stock pot you boiled them in. Ladle preserves into the hot jars with the help of a canning funnel. Fill jars to within 1/4″ of the top, leaving room for the seal. Clean the rims or the jars so they are as clean as possible to ensure a good seal. Place the lids and rings on each of the jars. Using the jar lifter again, return the jars to the stock pot and process for 7-10 more minutes. Remove back to the kitchen towel for 24 hours and be sure to listen to the telltale “pops” of the jar lids, signaling a good seal. If any of the jars fail to “pop”, or if the center of the lid isn’t depressed, store jars in the refrigerator. Place jars in a cool dark place to 1-2 weeks, undisturbed, until set.

Jam making is a messy, messy operation.

Jam making is a messy, messy operation.

 

 

*P.S. Sometimes there are things you wish you did different in a recipe, and something like jam is a commitment to the results until the next time you make it (as long as a year). that being said: I wish I would have shredded the mangoes instead of chopping them!

 

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