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Jelly and Jam
 
 

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Bread with jam or jelly is a frugal breakfast favorite for many people. Jelly and jam are made from sugar and fruit.  The only difference is the consistency.  Jelly is clear and smooth.  Jam is more lumpy.

Jelly and jam are easy to make, and may be canned or frozen.  Jelly and jam are usually made when the desired fruit is in season and ripe.  You save the most money when you grow your own fruit.

Frugal people who make jelly either buy sugar in bulk, or stock up on it when it goes on sale.  The only other thing you need is pectin, which is the gelling agent. 

 

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Here are some more frugal tips to save money on jelly and jam.

 

- You can usually find coupons for name brands.  In addition to newspaper inserts, check websites.
 
- Buy it at a warehouse like Costco.  If there is a large amount of it, split it with a friend, or after you open it, freeze half of it.
 
 
Here is a frugal recipe for Raspberry Jam.
 
Sweet Raspberry Jam Recipe

4 cups raspberries, crushed
1 3/4 ounces powdered fruit pectin
2 cups honey
2 Tbsps lemon juice, fresh

Combine crushed fruit and pectin a 5-quart saucepan. Bring to a full rolling boil over medium heat. Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add honey and lemon juice. Return to a full rolling boil. Boil hard 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off foam. Ladle into clean hot canning jars. Seal according to manufacturer's directions.

Place jars on rack in canner. Process 10 minutes in boiling water bath with boiling water 2 inches above jar tops. Remove jars from canner. Place on thick cloth or wire rack; cool away from drafts. After 12 hours test lids for proper seal; remove rings from sealed jars. Yields: 2 1/2 pints

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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