TROPICAL FRUIT JAM
Jam making day—middle of July, bowls of crushed berries, super-hot sugar and berries bubbling away, canning pot full of jars and boiling water. Here’s an easier idea for right now. Before all those winter time tropical fruits start disappearing from the shelves, make some winter jam the easy way—in the microwave. A few minutes prep, another few minutes in the microwave—and there’s a week’s worth of toast topping, tart filling or a snack of cream cheese or salty hard cheese and fruit jam.
• 2-3 cups peeled, cored, seeded well-chopped mixed fruit—mango, papaya, guava, pineapple, kiwi, orange, etc—your choice to taste–use food processor if you want smaller bits
• 1 ½ cups sugar
• 2 tblsp lemon juice
Thoroughly mix all ingredients in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 5 minutes. Stir and cook for another 3 minutes. If jam is starting to get syrupy, stir and cook for another 2 minutes. Then stir and cook at 1-minute intervals until jam has the consistency of honey. Do not overcook. If after cooling, jam is not set to your liking, cook for another 2 minutes. That’s it—you’re done! Store jam in covered jar in refrigerator.
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