Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Simply Amazing Mango Freezer Jam

I am completely enamored with the luscious and flavorful mangoes available right now, with their delicious odor wafting through the produce aisle at the local market to tantalize my senses...With all of the delicious abundance of mangoes in my kitchen, I knew I wanted a way to preserve them to enjoy later in the year.  And what better way to preserve their flavor than by turning them into beautiful little jars of delightful freezer jam?! Freezer jam is an old favorite of mine, conjuring memories of turning juicy ripe fruits and berries into a treat to be enjoyed all year, beautiful warm days of simple times spent with family...And the flavor is so outstanding compared to the typical canned (cooked) style of jam.  The fresh fruit flavor bursts over your taste buds, and you feel the warmth of sun on your face and grass under your toes with each bite.  So amazingly simple, and Simply AMAZING, this jam will become a favorite for your family, especially delightful on cold Winter days when you need the tropical warmth of the Sun, and the pure delicious flavor of golden ripe mangoes!  It is also perfect to make a batch and share jars with friends, or to enjoy at your next brunch, and even in salad dressings and marinades for grilled or roasted meats.  It's uses are endless in the kitchen, so make sure to make several batches to last you the whole year, and to share with friends!
Mango Freezer Jam

Prep Time: about 10 minutes

4 cups crushed mangoes (about 8 whole mangoes)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 ( 1.59 oz)packet Instant Pectin (I use Ball brand)

To Prepare:
1. Peel the mangoes and cut the fruit off the seeds, placing the fruit into a large bowl.  Use a potato masher to crush the fruit well, leaving a few small pieces. Stir in the lime juice.
2. Sprinkle the sugar over the top of the fruit, and stir well, about 1 minute.
3. Sprinkle the pectin over the sweetened fruit, and stir well, for a full 3 minutes.
4. Spoon the jam into clean, freezer safe containers, cover, and let sit at room temperature about 30 minutes.
5. Place in freezer.

-This jam will stay fresh tasting in the freezer for one year (make sure to label the date on your containers), or you can store in the refrigerator once opened for 3 weeks.

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