Charlotte is a multi-published author of more than fifty romance, cozy mystery and
inspirational titles. Her books have made Waldenbooks Best Selling lists and have been translated into a half dozen different languages. Her awards include winning the National Readers’ Choice, Orange Rose and Romantic Times Career Achievement contests.
By Charlotte Carter
Everyone I know is going to get a jar of Spiced Nectarine Jam for Christmas this year. Again. They have for past four years.
We have a dwarf white nectarine tree in our backyard. About four years ago it started going crazy producing fruit. One year my husband, who prepares and freezes the fruit for my jam making (bless him!) saved all the pits. He had harvested FOUR HUNDRED nectarines!
Even total strangers have received the gift of Spiced Nectarine Jam. Last year I filled 25 jars; I’ll do that and more this year. Three more batches to go!
The nectarines are positively, absolutely Organic. No spray. No fertilizer. Hardly any extra water. (My husband isn’t exactly fond of gardening.)
Since it’s hard to send jam via the internet, I thought you might like the recipe. The jam’s really yummy.
4 Cups prepared fruit
7 ½ Cups sugar
1/4 Cup lemon juice
1 tsp each of cinnamon, cloves & allspice
1 packet of Certo
Combine fruit, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, cloves and allspice in a large pan. Bring to a rolling boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add packet of Certo. Stir to cool and skim foam for 5 minutes. Pour into jars. Use either self-sealing jars or cover with melted household wax. (This recipe can be used for Spiced Peach Jam.)
Happy jam making….
Do you garden? What do you preserve from your garden? Do you have any easy recipes to share?
Don’t miss Charlotte’s upcoming books
Montana Love Letter, Love Inspired, 10/2012
Home to Montana, Love Inspired, 3/2013