Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Autumn Jam with an Instant Pot Shortcut

This jam is amazing!  I love all homemade jam, but this one really stands out.  We don't eat a lot of jam at our house and I make several batches a year, which means I always have tons of extras.   I whipped up a batch of this jam a couple of days ago and we've already gone through two jars, so I made my second batch today!  I have apple, plum and pear trees all ready to be picked at the same time and who knew mixing the fruits all together would be so yummy??

Do you have an Instant Pot?  I use mine every single day... usually multiple times a day!  I decided to use the Instant Pot to shortcut my jam making and it did a great job!  It saved time, saved dirty dishes, saved space on my stove AND allowed me to make jam without standing over a hot stove right next to a boiling canner in August!

 Autumn Jam

tiny apple chunks compared
to the size of the other fruits

6 c. mixed apples, pears & plums
(Apples peeled, cored and finely chopped. Pears peeled and cored. Plums, pits removed, no need to peel.)

1/2 c. apple juice
2 TBSP lemon juice

1 pkg powdered pectin
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
6 c. sugar

Instant Pot Directions:
(traditional directions follow)

ready to pressurize
I used more pears & plums
than apples
Chop your fruit directly into the IP liner, filling it to the six cup mark.  Add apple juice and lemon juice.  Press manual and choose high pressure for 1 minute. Once the timer beeps do a quick release of pressure.  Remove lid.  Turn IP to saute on high heat.  Stir in pectin and pumpkin pie spice.  Use a potato masher if there are any big chunks of fruit to mash up.  Once mixture reaches a boil, which should be right away, add sugar.  Cook and stir until mixture comes back to a boil and time for 1 minute.  Remove liner from pot.  Fill hot jars and process for 15 minutes.

Traditional Stove Top Directions:

Mix fruit, apple juice and lemon juice in a large pot.  Simmer for about 10 minutes or until fruit is soft.  Use a potato masher if needed to mash up the hot fruit.  Stir in pectin and pumpkin pie spice and bring to a rolling boil.   Once mixture reaches a boil, add sugar.  Cook and stir until mixture returns to a boil and time for 1 minute.  Remove from heat.  Fill hot jars and process for 15 minutes.

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Eileen Osborn said...

What do you mean process?

Unknown said...

What do you mean by process?

Lisa Machado said...

Process means to pressure cook the hot jars to force the air out and create a vacuum seal.