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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Rhubarb Freezer Jam

In keeping with my goal, here was this week's Pinterest attempt!  **I wish I had read her notes and cut back to 4 cups of sugar.  This jam was AWESOME, and I would not classify it as too sweet, but it would have been worth the try.

I made my jam extra smooth by using an emersion blender instead of a potato masher at the end.  I was able to make 8 1/2 pint jars.  I was THRILLED with not only how quickly this came together, but how inexpensive it was.  I will make this again for sure.

Rhubarb Freezer Jam

5 cchopped rhubarb
5 csugar
1 cwater
1 smcan crushed pineapple drained (i used a 20 oz. can)
1 - 6 ozstrawberry jello

Cook rhubarb, sugar and water until it comes to a boil. It should about 7 - 10 minutes. (I used a potato masher to mash up the rhubarb just a little. It does break down fast though and doesn't need much mashing.)
 Add drained pineapple and cook 5 more minutes. Remove from stove and add jello, stirring till it is disolved.

(Don't worry if you have some stalks that are not all red. I had more that was green/red than all red and once you put the jello in the color turns all red.)
 Stir well until dissolved. Put into sterilized jars and place the lids on. I let my jars rest on the counter for about an hour and then stored them in the freezer.
 I am pleased to say, that I added a 20 oz. can of drained pineapple and the jam still set up. I really wanted more pineapple than just an 8 oz. can so I am happy it still set up. When I make this again I am going to cut back to 4 cups of sugar and see how it does.

Pictures and Instructions from this awesome website, Just a Pinch!

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