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Saturday, February 8, 2020

A Leap Month of Little Joys and Satisfactions: Making a New Jar of Jam from Several Old Ones

I know why I do this -- open a new jar of jam when we've not finished the last one. I get bored with the flavor of a particular jam, and I want to move onto the next. 

In cleaning out the condiment shelves of the fridge, I came upon 5 almost empty jars of different flavored jam and jelly. I had cranberry jam, blackberry jam, raspberry jam, cherry preserves, and red currant jelly. All of these had about a tablespoon or two left in the jar.

So, yesterday I scraped all of the different jams into one jar and melted the contents in the microwave briefly. I stirred it together with a fork (to break up the more solid jelly), capped that jar, and popped it back into the fridge. 

What I have now is a "new" flavor of jam that should satisfy my desire for something different. I'll push my family to use this jar over the next week. And then . . . we can start the process of me opening a different jar every couple of week all over again.


  1. I think everyone will enjoy their new mixed berry jelly.

  2. Ooh, yummy! So this reminds me of something my mom used to do (but yours sounds way better!). When a box of cereal would get near the bottom, she would mix it with another box. Sometimes her combinations were pretty weird. She told us it was "interesting". We told her interesting didn't necessarily mean tasty.

  3. Hi Live and Learn,
    I was surprised this morning when I went to use some of the "new" jam on some toast and there was just enough left for me. It must've been popular with the rest of the family.

  4. Hi Kris,
    That was very resourceful of your mom, even if it did taste "interesting." I'll have to remember this if we start buying boxed cereal again.

  5. We were cleaning out my father-in-law's apartment after he passed away and found ziploc bags of jams he collected from eating in the dining room at the assisted living place. The other siblings wanted to just throw them away, but I grabbed them and scooped them all into a couple of canning jars. It was a mix of flavors and we enjoyed the "free" jam! I hate to just throw away perfectly good food.

  6. That's awesome, Ruthie! I absolutely agree -- I hate to waste food.


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