Raspberry Jam

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Making homemade jam is easier than you might think, and it requires only two ingredients: fruit and sugar. This seedless jam is great poured over baked Brie or even spread between the layers of a cake, but be sure to try it in our Jam Muffins or with the Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits.

Ingredients

  • pounds raspberries
  • 3 cups granulated sugar

Special Equipment

  • Candy thermometer
  • Medium-mesh strainer
  • Mason jars (optional)

Method

Put a saucer in the freezer, along with three metal spoons.

Rinse the raspberries in a colander under cold running water and drain. Put the berries in a large heavy nonreactive saucepan and toss them with the sugar. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring and mashing the berries with a heatproof spatula, until the sugar is dissolved and the berries have released a lot of juice, about 10 minutes. Clip a candy thermometer to the pan, gradually raise the heat to high, stirring frequently, and then continue to cook, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom of the pan so the mixture does not stick (if it does begin to stick, turn down the heat just a bit), until the jam registers 220°F on the candy thermometer, 15 to 20 minutes after it reaches a rolling boil. The jam will look glossy and dark. To check for doneness, put a teaspoon of the jam on the cold plate and return the plate to the freezer for 3 to 4 minutes. If you can make a line through the jam with your finger that doesn’t disappear, it’s ready. If the jam is still too runny, continue to cook and test until ready.

Immediately transfer the jam to a medium-mesh strainer set over a heatproof mixing bowl and force the jam through the strainer; discard the seeds. Carefully skim any foam from the top with a spoon. Let cool.

Store the jam in Mason jars or in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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