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Desserts

MCP® Rhubarb Jam

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Rhubarb fanatics will rave about this homemade jam, which is delicious when spread on toast, bagels, sandwiches...you name it!
time
prep:
45 min
total:
45 min
servings
total:
About 10 (1-cup) jars or 160 servings, 1 Tbsp. each
SURE-JELL Premium Fruit Pectin

What You Need

6
cups  prepared fruit (buy about 3-1/2 lb. fully ripe rhubarb)
2-1/4
cups  water
1/4
cup  lemon juice
1
box  MCP Pectin
1/4
tsp.  butter or margarine
8-1/2
cups  sugar, measured into separate bowl
 Few drops red food coloring

Make It

BRING boiling-water canner, half full with water, to simmer. Wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain well before filling.

CHOP unpeeled rhubarb into small pieces; place in large saucepan. Stir in water and lemon juice. Bring to boil on high heat. Reduce heat to medium; simmer 2 min. or until rhubarb is tender. Measure exactly 6 cups prepared rhubarb into 6- or 8-qt. saucepot.

STIR pectin into prepared fruit in saucepot. Add butter to reduce foaming. Bring mixture to full rolling boil (a boil that doesn't stop bubbling when stirred) on high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar. Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly 4 min., stirring constantly. Remove from heat; skim off any foam with metal spoon. Stir in food coloring.

LADLE immediately into prepared jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with two-piece lids. Screw bands tightly. Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. (Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add boiling water, if necessary.) Cover; bring water to gentle boil. Process 10 min. Remove jars and place upright on towel to cool completely. After jars cool, check seals by pressing middles of lids with finger. (If lids spring back, lids are not sealed and refrigeration is necessary.)

Kraft Kitchens Tips

How to Measure Precisely
To get exact level cup measures of sugar, spoon sugar into dry metal or plastic measuring cups, then level by scraping excess sugar from top of cup with a straight-edged knife.
Altitude Chart
At altitudes above 1,000 feet, increase processing time as indicated: 1,001 to 3,000 feet -increase processing time by 5 min.; 3,001 to 6,000 feet - increase processing time by 10 min.; 6,001 to 8,000 feet - increase processing time by 15 min.; 8,001 to 10,000 feet - increase processing time by 20 min.
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