Thursday, November 5, 2009

Making Autumn Olive Jam

Last week, my friend Hannah and I made autumn olive jam. Autumn olives are small, red and slightly white speckled berries. They are somewhat like the shape of an apple, though they are only 1/4 inch tall. Autumn olives have a slightly tart taste, though when Hannah and I picked them, they were very ripe and quite sweet.

Autumn olives are invasive, and Hannah's family's woods have many of the bushes. All of the trees were loaded with the berries, and we picked about 16 cups.
After we picked enough berries, we washed them and picked off most of the stems.
Next we cooked the berries with a bit of water and mashed them with a potato masher.
Hannah and I placed the crushed berries in a sieve to strain out the seeds and skin.
We used Pomona's Pectin and followed their instructions for the amount of pectin that we used.
Hannah and I made 9 half-pints of jam!

Autumn Olive Jam
Makes 8 cups

8 cups autumn olives, stemmed
1/2 cup water
7 cups sugar
1 small package dry pectin

Cook the fruit and water in a large stainless steel pot on high/med for about 5 minutes, while crushing with a potato masher until most of the fruit has been crushed and seeds are extracted. Remove from heat and pour through a sieve or put through a food mill to strain out the seeds. 8 cups of fruit will come to 4 cups of pulp.

Measure 4 cups pulp and return to saucepan, adding 7 cups sugar. Add 1/2 tsp. butter, if desired, to help reduce foam. Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Quickly stir in the pectin and the sugar and boil for exactly 1 minute longer. Remove from heat and skim off any foam, if necessary.

Ladle quickly into hot sterilized jars, filling to 1/4" headspace. Wipe rims and screw lids on tightly. Process in boiling water canner for 10 minutes.
Thank you, Hannah, for letting me help you!

1 comment:

  1. I had a great day with you, Anna! I am still lookin forward to opening one of my jars to see how the Pomona version turned out!

    How are you feeling now? I'm so sorry you've not been well. We have been praying for you.