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Next, wash the berries thoroughly, removing any debris. This may take 3 or more washings. Agarita berries contain natural pectin so there is no need to use pectin or any thickening agent for this jam. The yellow seeds within the berries also contain s berberine, so this jam is naturally healthful.
Ingredients for the Jam
Making the Jam
1. Place thoroughly washed berries and water in a stainless steel saucepan.
2. Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium and cook for approximately 15 minutes until berries are soft.
3. Strain out the berries and mash them in a wooden bowl.
4. Add berries back to the liquid.
5. Add sugar to taste. I used 1 1/3 cups of sugar.
6. Simmer over medium heat for approximately 60 minutes (more time will be needed when making a larger amount).
7. When the liquid is syrupy, perform a 4 minute refrigerator test. Take a tablespoon of liquid/berries and place in the refrigerator. If the liquid solidifies to an almost jam like consistency, your jam is ready to jar.
8. Allow to cool for a few minutes, and then place in a glass jar.
9. When the jar feels cool, place in the refrigerator. The jam will thicken overnight.
10. The next morning, enjoy some of your Agarita Jam on toast. YUM!!!