Do you purchase jam from the store? If you do, perhaps it’s time to consider making your own. Many people avoid making homemade jam because it is time consuming and sometimes expensive. But there are many benefits to making homemade jam and there are ways to save money while doing it.
When you make homemade jam, you are in control of what goes into it. For example, you can add as much or as little sugar as you want. You also know where the fruit came from and you are avoiding the unnecessary additives that are in many store bought jams. It is a great way to use up fruits from your own backyard if you grow your own fruit trees.
Making jam at home usually provides you with a large amount of leftover jam that can be stored. How could you save money? Jars are expensive, so instead of purchasing them brand new, borrow them from friends or family, or buy them used. It also helps if you are making jam from fruit that you grow or fruit that you received for free. It also better to make jam in the summer when most fruits are in season because they are cheaper fresh!
Are there any other benefits to making jam? Yes, and it involves the environment. Reusing jars will not only save money, but it will also help the environment because jars require essential resources to be created, and it takes energy and fuel in order to transport jars a far distance. If you use local food you are also saving on energy and fossil fuels because local fruits do not need to be transported as far. So if you haven’t considered making your own jam, try it! It’s time consuming, but if you work with your friends and family it could become a new hobby. You will also help the environment. If you are interested in learning basic tips on how to make jam, check out this link: http://www.foodsafety.wisc.edu/assets/preservation/B2909_Jams_2008.pdf
Learn more about sustainable practices at http://www.gundersenenvision.org/waste-management/sustainable-foods.