It is easy, warms you no matter the time of year and is the simplest way to connect with your kids or family to enjoy a late night snack without all the added mess of something up out of the fridge!
Sometimes it is the simplest thing to jog your memory or evoke an emotion. It is a meaningful snack that brings back our childhood. For us it is a fresh loaf of bread and a punch of homemade jam that takes us back to our roots and now we want to share a special recipe with you.
We are not sure if the simple swipe of the butter and pop of jam hits us just right or if it is the rustic slice that is golden toasted and provides the perfect crunch and salty pairing to the sweet bite? But ultimately, it makes us smile, it wraps us up and resets us to look back on our day and get ready for the next.
Up here we take pride in our huckleberries! They are the same silhouette and slightly smaller version of a Blueberry that is the perfect purple hue. While slightly sweet they are more tart in taste and make the best jam to offset the sugar content most jam recipes contain.
Always be thoughtful if you purchase at a store to pick a jam or jelly within a glass container to support multiple usage versus purchasing plastic that would be then thrown away. It also preserves the flavor in a glass vessel.
- 3 cups crushed huckleberries (about 3-1 lb containers)
- 1-3/4 cups unsweetened cranberry-raspberry or apple juice
- 3 Tbsp Low or No-Sugar Needed Pectin
- Up to 3 cups sugar, 1-1/2 cups granular no calorie sweetener, 3/4 to 1 cup honey ( I used 3/4 cup of honey)
- Gradually whisk pectin into fruit juice until dissolved. Bring to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down, over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
- Immediately add prepared fruit into hot pectin mixture. Stir vigorously for 1 minute. Stir in your choice of sweetener. ( I used honey)
- Ladle freezer jam into clean jars leaving a ½ inch headspace. Loosely apply lids and let jam stand in refrigerator until set, but no longer than 24 hours. Serve immediately, refrigerate up to 3 weeks or freeze up to 1 year.
That’s it! Super simple, quick, and easy! The perfect jam to give out for the holidays as gifts!
Makes about 5 (8 oz) half-pint jars
No matter where you are I am sure that at some point you have enjoyed a simple experience of “Toast and Jam”.
If you haven’t we are here to tell you to check out the rest of this recipe!