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Friday’s Frugal Food: Homemade Fruit Jam 1 comment

I’ve got an easy as can be recipe for fruit jam.  I use this recipe for many different types of jam, and so can you!  I’ve done bush cherry, raspberry and strawberry with this recipe, and I’m excited to try other kinds next season!


The beauty of this is that it only calls for three ingredients:

  • 1 part Fruit
  • 1 part Sugar (unless you’re doing a fruit that’s already quite sweet…in that case, do a little less sugar.  Just do it to your liking, really!)
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice per 2 cups of mixture

Seriously!  It’s really, really simple.

So, puree your fruit (unless you like chunks; my family does not).  Stick it in a pot with the sugar and lemon juice.  Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.  Lower heat to a simmer and simmer until thickened (for 8 cups of fruit, it took about an hour for me).

Any Fruit Jam - I did strawberry!  Better on a Budget

If you’re unsure if the mixture is thick enough, you can do a simple test.  Put a small glass plate in your freezer for 5 minutes.  Take it out and put a small dab of jam on the plate, and let sit one minute.  After it’s sat for a minute, run your finger through the dab.  If the jam comes back together, it’s not thick enough.  If it stays separated from your finger, it’s good to go!


Once it’s thickened, spoon it into sterilized and warm canning pint jars.  Process in a hot water both for 20 minutes.

(yes, my jar “holder” is a tad rusted, isnt it?  Well loved, people…well loved.)

The recipe I did made 8 pints.  (12 cups pureed fruit, 10 cups sugar, 6 Tbsp lemon juice)

This recipe is linked at:


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Food Storage Friday – How Much Do You Need? 1 comment

It’s been a hectic week, so I’m sorry I haven’t posted in awhile. All is well here, however, and I wanted to post a little deal about food storage.

A lot of people have no clue how much they need….Okay, so a year’s supply, 3-months supply, whatever. How much is that? Little kids don’t need as much as adults, so how do you figure that out? At (NOT to be confused with Providentliving.ORG, the LDS church website), there’s a nifty little calculator that helps you figure it out. Come to think of it, the church’s website has one also, but this one specifically asks how many in your family are children vs. adults.

So…all you do is enter the # of people you’re trying to build your food storage for, and how many weeks you’re trying to build. Say you’ve got one adult and one child in your family, and you’re trying to get a 12-week supply of food. Here’s basically what you’ll need:

-152 lbs grains (wheat, rice, oats, barley, corn, pasta, etc)
-23 lbs legumes (beans, lentils, nuts, etc)
-11 lbs dairy (powdered milk, powdered cheese, etc)
-23 lbs sugar (white/brown sugar, honey, molasses, etc)
-2 lbs leavening agents (yeast, baking powder, powdered eggs, etc)
-2 lbs salt (salt, bouillon powder, etc)
-11 lbs fats (oils, shortening, canned butter, etc)
-28 gallons water (at least 1 gallon of water per day per person)

WOW…better get working on it, eh?