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Photo: Bee and thistle: Taken high in the Cascade Mountains where there is a bee buzzing on every thistle. by Debora Rorvig

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Berry Nice...Sugar Free Jam

If you're anything like me, you love to make jam; but when it comes time to dump a bucket-load of sugar all over your beautiful, already sweet berries, you feel guilty. Like you just drew a mustache on the Mona Lisa. It's just wrong. So this year I searched around and found, what I think is the perfect answer to the problem. Pomona Pectin. Now, I'll admit, I haven't actually tried the stuff yet; but I rushed out and bought the last remaining box at our local health food co-op. I've checked their site and their reviews out pretty carefully. This stuff looks like the real deal! Not like that 'reduced' sugar pectin where you only have to dump half a bucket into the pot. And oh my goodness, their site has the tastiest recipes for jams. I will definitely be making Blueberry-Lavender jam this year! Here's the link; http://www.pomonapectin.com/. And here's the link to the aforementioned jam recipe http://www.pomonapectin.com/recipes/blueberry-lavender-jam/

Speaking of berries...last Saturday my friend Demetree and I headed out to Deborah Lubbe's organic farm to pick some strawberries. Her berries are the sweetest thing this side of heaven.

I learned something about strawberries from Deborah. She has 3 varieties of berries on her property. The orangey-red variety was by far the sweetest. The red-red ones were tangier. And the deep ruby-red ones were juiciest, but less sweet. So you can't judge your berries by color. Deborah's Nooksack Valley farm is nestled in the foothills. It's a down-home, earthy place with roosters wandering about, a Shetland pony pastured nearby, and field-flowers growing amid the grasses. A place to breathe.


You're never too young to go berry pickin!

Taste testers

Talkin' organic, berries, and farmin'

Deborah Lubbe is as organic as her berries



Bookie said...

Beautiful berries! Sounds like a nice day too...sugar free is certainly the better way. Lets us know how the end product is.

farmlady said...

A beautiful summery post. I love strawberry jam and this pectin sounds very interesting. I will take a look at the link. Thanks
The blueberry-lavender jam sounds wonderful too.

Elephant's Child said...

Gorgeous post. I am not a fan of jam, but berries are a different matter. And fresh picked organic berries are bliss.

Debora said...

Bookie, I certainly will. Can't wait to try it!
Farmlady, I hope you did look at the site. It's really nice!
Elephant's child, I agree, fresh organic berries are just the best. Wondering what kinds of berries you have in your neck of the woods?

Anneliese said...

Let me know how your jam turns out. I have lessened the sugar in my jams, but I know that the sugar also acts as a preservative and jelling agent. I wonder what the ingredients are in the pectin and how long you cook the jam? Beautiful pictures.

Debora said...

I will, Annelise. I think the jelling agent is powdered calcium. It'll be fantastic if it works!

BECKY said...

Mmmmm, I love strawberries!


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