Hello, my name is Abby, the daughter of Sandy, and my mom asked me to write this post today. I am here to tell you why my family does not like store bought jams and jellies.

My first reason is that my mom spoils us with her famous strawberry, apple and pear jams. My second reason NOT to buy store-bought jam is, why waste your money on non-fresh jellies when all you have to do is make it yourself? Plus you get more out of the batch than just buying one jar of jam. My final reason is the joy of making it by yourself, or with your daughter.

I love to eat my Mom’s jams on toast, waffles, pancakes, peanut butter and jellies, and ice cream!

I especially love making jams with my Mom, because she means a lot to me.

Wow! Thank you Abby (age 11) – this story is not only going in your scrapbook, I think we have a future writer in our household!

I went to the local orchard this last week to buy more Bartlett Pears. I was reminded again of the joy of jam-making this last Sunday, when I took 2 lugs of over-ripe pears and made beautiful jars full of yummy goodness! What I like about making jam is that your fruit doesn’t have to be perfect! That works for me!

I asked Abby if she’d write me a story on why she preferred homemade jam and I love that she was willing to give it a try! Yet another memory was created in her little mind and one more seed was planted, as we talked about one more homemaking skill. Not a required one, but one that she may want to consider when she becomes an adult.

Our family makes it, we eat it, and we love to give it away!

Yes, we are a homemade jam kind-of-a family!!

Yummy Pear Jam

8 cups of pears (I peel, put in my Cuisinart, puree but leave chunky)
3 1/2 cups sugar
1 T cinnamon
½ tsp. ginger
¾ tsp. cloves
½ tsp. nutmeg

Mix together; cook on low. Jar the cooked jam. Bring your canner water to a boil (a hot water bath is all you need – no pressure canner necessary), put the jars in and PROCESS FOR 15 minutes. Remove, cool, and … ENJOY!

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