Are you in a jam looking for a fun and engaging activity to keep your kids off screens this summer? Try making your own homemade jam! This week Gardener Aidan went hunting for wild raspberries and came home with a super sweet bounty.
Berry picking has wonderful social and emotional benefits for children as it helps kids understand where food comes from, it is fun activity for the entire family and turning your harvest into jam makes the overall experience berry exciting!
If you don’t have access to a berry patch, no problem! Swing by your local farmers market or grocery store and scoop up some of your favorite berries.
Scroll down for Gardener Aidan's Quick Berry Jam Recipe :)
(Hey gardeners, can you spot Gardener Diamond in this video?)
Gardener Aidan’s Quick Berry Jam
1 1/2 cup of berries (we used wild raspberries)
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
-Wash your berries with light water pressure in cold water and let dry on paper towel.
-Put all ingredients in saucepan and and cook on medium heat for a few minutes stirring and mashing often.
-Once mashed let simmer 5-10 minutes (it gets thicker as you cook it)
-Skim off pink foam.
-Pour into mason jar or glass container and let cool before refrigerating.
-Lasts about a week.
Spread on toast. Mix in yogurt. Pour on ice cream. Drizzle on pancakes. Enjoy!
Hey gardeners, did you make your own berry jam? If so, CONGRATULATIONS you just earned the 'Quick Berry Jam' Gardening Tool Badge!
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