Mango Berry Cherry Jam
Now’s the time to make the most perfect jams & jellies. It’s not very hard and there’s so much at the farmer’s market now, fresh spring flavors! I think a lot of people think jam is hard to make or scary? But it’s not at all, you just need a few essentials – great heavy bottom’d pot, wooden spoon, ladle funnel and jars – pretty much that is it. Jam is great for a hostess gift, holidays or even a teacher’s gift and there’s no reason you can’t make your own delicious jam!
This week I’m sending you back to the farmer’s market to pick up a couple of things. Strawberries and cherries are in season right now and when you’re done, zip over to the store where you can grab some mangos – they are also in season and on sale, so now’s the perfect time to make this delicious jam.
While you’re at the store you’ll need to pick up the spices (if they aren’t already on hand) chili powder, Chinese Five Spice, yellow curry, tumeric and nutmeg – and when you’re cooking this jam, your house will smell amazing!
Bring home your fruit, peel and chop the mango, wash the strawberries well, clean and pit the cherries. Toss everything into a pot and using an old fashioned potato masher, mash them really well.
Now it’s time to make some jam! Here’s the recipe, it’s so delicious and really how this recipe started was simply because I had little bits of leftover fruit (not enough to make a complete recipe using just one) I combined together. The flavors are amazing. The jam is sweet and fresh, the combined spices exotic! Everyone loved this jam so much last year I’ll be making more this spring and I’m hoping you do too!
- 4 cups strawberries
- 2 mangoes
- 1 cup cherries
- 2 limes
- 1 tablespoon yellow curry powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 3 cups white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- One pinch salt
- 1 box low sugar Sure-Jell (the pink box)
- 7 8 oz. canning jars with lids
- In a heavy stock pot, place the strawberries, mangoes, and pitted cherries. Add curry, chili powder and a pinch of salt. Using a potato masher, mash them by hand until they are crushed. You should have six cups of mashed fruit. If you do not, add the appropriate amount of water to increase the liquid to six cups.
- Measure 1/4 cup of sugar and mix it with the contents of the Sure-Jell. Sprinkle it into the berry mixture and set it on the stove and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
- When it comes to a hard boil (a hard boil is one you can’t stir down with spoon) add the remaining sugar.
- Continue stirring constantly and return it to a boil and when it comes back to a hard boil, continue boiling it for exactly one full minute. (Set a timer to make sure you get it for a exactly one minute).
- Remove from the store & immediately ladle the jam sterilized jars. Place lids on jars, screw on tightly. Process in a hot bath for 10 minutes to seal the jars.
- Makes 7 eight oz. jars.
I have lots of amazing jam & jelly recipes. If you’re looking for one in particular – head on over to my website, here is the link! If you don’t find a recipe that you’re looking for pop me a note or comment here, I love requests!