Sunday, April 6, 2014

Loquat Jam

If you live in Florida or have visited Florida, chances are you have seen loquat trees all over the place. I have noticed in our area very few people pick the fruit from their trees and it is such a waste of delicious fruit.

There are many ways to use the fruit. you can eat it plan, put them in a pie, 
or make awesome homemade jam!

To get all the fruit needed for the jam we picked all the fruit we could reach in my tree, then we went to Rachel's parents house picked all from their tree, and went on a walk and picked some wild loquats. We got about 9 lbs of fruit doing this.

Ingredients you will need are:
15 cups pitted loquats (they can have up to 4 seeds)
5 cups sugar
1 cup agave nectar
and enough water to help blend the loquats in the blender
(about 8 cups)
the more water you add the longer it will take to cook out.

(I got a new stove!!! MEEP!!)

You start off by blending the loquats so you do not have such big chunks in the jam.
Fill your blender with the fruit and add water about a inch under the fruit line.

Once the fruit is blended put them in a large pot and bring it to a boil for 2 minutes.

Remove from heat and add the sugar and agave nectar.

Return to heat and bring back it a boil for 3 minutes.
Reduce to a simmer and stir (scraping the bottom) occasionally for 2-3 hours (yes, you read correctly)

While that is cooking you can prepare your jars.

After 3 hours the mixture should have turned a warm amber color and thickened greatly.
Remove from heat, carefully fill all your jars, and seal lids.

**Please note these are not canned for food storage.**
The jam will be good 1 month in the refrigerator and a long time in the freezer.

We filled 24 small jars with the jam to give to family and friends. 

Enjoy on some nice warm toast or in a PB&J sandwich.

Rachel says it's a different kind of jam. Defiantly not her favorite, but still taste amazing.

 I love it! It is different and very sweet. I try not to eat too much of it so I can have some until they are in season again.

After trying his entire life to keep him an indoor cat I have failed.
Thorin would run past me, go out the garage, anything he could do to get out.
He won, and mama is sad. But he is a happy cat and still comes inside when I call him so it's ok.

I hope you try this recipe if you have loquats in your area!
Thank you for reading.

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