My mom’s morning jam
Problem is, there’s really no written recipe – so I’ll explain it the best I can. It’s easy enough that I can make it quick in the morning. Warm, fresh jam on hot-out-of-the-oven bread is like dessert.
#1: Get a bowl of mixed berries. It doesn’t have to be fresh because, Lord knows, I don’t have a berry patch in my backyard. A frozen bag of mixed berries works just as well for me.
#2: Put the berries in a sauce pan. Add a little sugar or artificial sweetener. If you like your coffee sweet, then add a half cup of sugar. If the berries were frozen, you’ll have enough moisture in them that water won’t be needed (it’ll end up as berry soup). If they’re fresh, add a little water, cook on medium/low heat, and add more water if you want it thinner. I like my jam thick and chunky.
#3: Bring to a boil. You don’t have to stir frequently either. Just give the pan a good shake every five or ten minutes to make sure nothing is sticking on the bottom. When the berries have cooked down to the consistency you love (chunky or smooth), take the pan off the heat and let it cool.
That’s it. The only time I use a spatula or spoon is when I’m pouring the jam into a container. I’d hate to miss even one luscious drop of garnet syrup.