*This post is sponsored by Newell Brands, makers of Ball® Fresh Preserving Products. All opinions are my own.
With the new school year approaching quickly I’ve been doing what I can to get totally prepped and ready! Our move has made it a little more difficult, but we’re definitely doing everything we can to get ready for back to school for me, the two boys (who will be in preschool and daycare), and Jake who is starting law school in the Fall!
One thing that I’ve really been trying to do this summer is think of easy ways we can save money while Jake is in law school. My starting teacher salary is enough for us to live on, but we’ll still be living on that college student budget we’ve stuck to the last three years- if not a little tighter!
An important way for us to save money over the next few years will be by making sure we’re making food at home. Cooking has never been something I feel naturally inclined to, but when the kids (or Jake) get in on it with me it makes it a little more fun! I’ve been trying to come up with lists of easy and fast meals I can make.
Of course, when coming up with easy things you can do to save money on food, canning crossed my mind. Canning is so easy and a great way to have food on hand it’s also pretty inexpensive!
I decided the best place to start was a jam recipe as that’s something we eat a lot of during the school year. This blueberry/strawberry jam is super easy and delicious. Both of our kids love it, and we do too.
To make this jam, using the water bath canning method is the best way to get all that flavor! You’ll need:
-A deep pot with a lid
-6 8oz. Ball® jars
Ball® lids and bands
-3 cups crushed Strawberries
-3 cups of sugar
-1 cup crushed Blueberries
Step 1: Fill pot half-full of water. Cover and bring to a simmer.
Step 2: Put Ball canning jars in hot water. (This will keep them from breaking when filled with hot jam)
Step 3: Add strawberries, blueberries, sugar and lemon juice into a smaller pot. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer. Allow it to thicken- but stir often.
Step 4: Use a jar lifter to grab the hot canning jars from the pot of water.
Step 5: With your funnel, equally divide the (almost) jam into jars. Remove any air bubbles, then seal.
Step 6: With the jar lifter, place the jars back into boiling water. When they are done turn off the heat and let them rest in the water for 5 minutes.
Step 7: Remove them from the pot and place them upright on a towel for 12-24 hours. It’s crucial that they are left alone during this time.
Step 8: Store canned goods in a cool, dark place for up to 18 months!
Canning is easy and can be a whole lot of fun- especially for the family! My little ones may not have had much to do with the actual process, but they loved to eat the berries with me!
I’m excited to have all the delicious canned jams this fall when we go back to school. There’s nothing better than homemade food, and jam is no exception. I hope this inspires you on your canning journey!