I am no expert on making jam as a matter of fact I never made jam before but I could not resist learning how to make it.
Making Jam with Lucas.
My grandson came to me one day and asked me " Ma, can we make some jam" " Ma" is what the grands call me as a matter of fact... everyone calls me Ma. Anyway I was surprised by his question and quickly went to work and did some research on how to make jam. Making jam sounded easy and what a fun project to do with him. I went and bought some mason jars and all the fixings we will need to make jam I think I am more excited than he is. So, the project is still in the making because he is a very busy little boy and I have to ask him when he will be available to do this. See you soon !
Meet Lucas, he is my eight year old grandson, he wants to make jam, Lucas loves jam and that is what is so exciting about this project because he will be helping me make it. Lucas wants to give his jam to his family for gifts and of course have a taste for himself. So, as soon as Mr. Lucas has an open day to spend with me in the kitchen we will be on our way making jam.
The happy picking has started
Lucas had an open window today to go and pick the blueberries and raspberries. We went into the woods at my brothers house where the bushes are and began picking and pick and picking. He was focused on getting big juicy berries for his jams. This was the best part of the project so far because it allowed us to have one on one quality time together, we bonded and he told me stories and our conversations went endless. Lucas's eyes are the same color of blueberries !
Jammin in the kitchen
Well, Lucas finally made his way to the kitchen, we put some jammin music on, gathered our ingredients and started jammin.
Let the fun begin
Ok, so we gathered all the ingredients, boiled our jars, put all the yummies in a pot and brought it to a bubbly, yummy, kinda mess. ( being in the kitchen with a little boy can be very messy because little boys are messy, crudy kids lol. ) The kitchen smelled delicious. The stirring was endless and of course I ended up stirring it because Lucas like little boys do was getting bored stirring. The cooking time took about half an hour, we tested the jam with the spoon test and it was finally finished. I had lucas line up the jars to get them ready for spilling the jam in them.
The real taste test
We filled all the jars and placed the seals on them, put a pinch aside to cool because Lucas wanted to make sandwiches for all his friends who were outside waiting for him to come out and play. After the pinch of jam was cooled, he took the bread and made each one of his friends a jam sandwich and the kids just gobbled them down.
With my cricut machine I made Lucas's labels for his jam jars. We let the jam jars cool down before we stuck them on and oh how proud he was of his home made jam after the stickers were placed.
The Proud Moment
Lucas was so proud of his jam when they were finished and the labels were placed on them, the taste test was inspected and accepted from the friends and he is one proud little boy and Ma is pretty proud of him too.
A Job Well Done
When Lucas came to me and asked me to help him make jam, I was so excited. I have three very active Grandchildren and adore spending time with them doing crafts and things in the kitchen and just having them in my life I feel so blessed. I was not sure how long his attention span was going to last because his friends outside waiting for him kept knocking on the door, asking " Lucas, are you done yet ?" " Lucas, when you comin out ?" they were outside throwing the foot ball around and he was a needed player. But to my surprise, his attention span was spread out well from start to finish. I did not post all the steps but I posted the most important ones. Making jam is quite easy and I had no idea how it would come out. I did do a water bath with the jam to seal them so he could give the jam away. Since I posted his project on face book and instagram, he has sold 20 jars of his jam. I guess I will be busy in the kitchen making jam for awhile LOL.