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Making Jam - Being Frugal

March 13th, 2012 at 02:26 pm

We have been completely out of jam for a while now. I have been buying jam from the grocery store, which is more expensive.

So, yesterday I set out to get some supplies to make jam, but because I have to do everything as frugal as possible, it required a little ingenuity.

Normally I would buy fresh organic strawberries, but I called around first before I left the house. Meijers has non-organic strawberries for a buck each, but I don't like anything that has been sprayed with pesticides. So, as I was calling around, no-one but Whole Foods had organic strawberries which were costing over $3.00 each.

I thought that maybe I wasn't going to make jam, so I ventured out to Costco to pick my daughter up some eye solution. There strawberries were expensive, but they did have a 6 pound bag of frozen organic strawberries for $8.99 bag, so I grabbed one of those.

Not sure how jam would turn out from frozen strawberries, I was willing to give it a try. The beginning consistency while cooking it is different, but my end product is soooo wonderfully tasty. I only used half of the bag of strawberries, so $4.50 there, the pectin cost $2.11, and the sugar breaks down to possibly a $1.00 totaling $7.61. Not bad for 9 half pints of jelly. Normal cost would be around $27.00. So a savings of $19.39.

I am all set until strawberry picking time in June, at which time I will make a double batch. I am also going to make a mixed berry and possibly try my hand at a marmalade when citrus is in season.

4 Responses to “Making Jam - Being Frugal”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Excellent deal!

  2. Jerry Says:

    That sounds delicious, and it is great that you know how to make jam like that. I think it is becoming a lost art that leads people to be completely dependent on whatever stores sell... I always prefer homemade jam, anyway! I think that the frozen berries would work fine... since there is no alteration to the berry itself you should have the insurance of organic, clean berries that will make delicious preserves. Yum!
    Jerry

  3. Jerry Says:

    That sounds delicious, and it is great that you know how to make jam like that. I think it is becoming a lost art that leads people to be completely dependent on whatever stores sell... I always prefer homemade jam, anyway! I think that the frozen berries would work fine... since there

  4. Jerry Says:

    is some insurance that they are organic and clean, and the preserves will be delicious!
    Jerry

    (Sorry that post got broken up!)

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