Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Frugal Food Thursday: Mango Jam

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May (and now June!) is Mango Month here at Frugal Follies!  I have two big mango trees in my backyard, and both are filled with ripening fruit.  My challenge for myself this month is to use the mangoes to make jams, sauces, and other wonderful things.  (Such a problem, huh?)

I decided to use some of the mangoes to make mango jam.  I've had trouble finding good deals on jam - I usually end up buying it at ALDI - so this is a way to use up the bounty that I have for something I need, and to save money (I hope!) in the process.  Here are some of the finished mango jam jars (along with last week's mango chile sauce):

mango jam
Mango Chile Sauce, left, and Mango Jam, right

I found the mango jam recipe in Blue Ribbon Preserves by Linda J. Amendt.  The author has won many, many, many blue ribbons for her jams, jellies, and preserves in county and state fairs throughout the US.  She's now retired and shares many of her secrets for award-winning canned food in this book.  I highly recommend it!

Besides the fresh mangoes, this recipe also includes fresh lemon and orange juices.  They give the jam a nice fresh flavor.  It also contains a small amount of unsalted butter.  According to the book, the butter helps reduce the amount of air that can become trapped in the juice when the fruit is heated or boiled.

She also recommends using liquid pectin because it sets up a jam better than does powdered pectin.  However, powdered pectin is definitely the more frugal choice.  You should not use homemade pectin for this recipe.

And of course, please follow the instructions of a reputable canning manual if you can the jam.  If not, keep it in the refrigerator.  It is incredibly delicious!

(from Blue Ribbon Preserves by Linda J. Amendt)

4-1/2 cups pitted, peeled, and crushed ripe mango (about 8-10 mangoes - here's how to cut a mango)
2 tbsp strained fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp strained fresh orange juice
7 cups sugar
1/2 tsp unsalted butter
1 3-oz pouch liquid pectin

In an 8-quart pan, combine the mangoes, lemon and orange juices, and sugar.  Cover and let stand for 2-3 hours.

Remove the cover.  Over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, heat the mixture until the sugar is completely dissolved.  Stir in the butter.  Increase the heat to medium and bring the mixture to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring constantly, for 2-3 minutes.

Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly.  Stir in the entire contents of the pectin pouch.  Return the mixture to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly.  Boil, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.  Remove the pan from the heat.  Skim off any foam.

To prevent the jam from separating in the jars, allow the jam to coll 5 minutes before filling the jars.  Gently stir the jam every minute or so to distribute the fruit.   Ladle the hot jam into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace.  Wipe the jar rims and threads with a clean, damp cloth.  Cover with hot lids and apply screw rings.  Process half-pint jars in a 200 degree Fahrenheit water bath for 10 minutes.

Makes 7 half-pint (8 oz) jars.

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Six Sisters June 9, 2011 at 11:12 PM  

Thanks so much for hosting! Found your blog through a link party. We are your newest followers and would love for you to follow us back!

Rivki Locker June 9, 2011 at 11:29 PM  

What a great idea - mango JAM. Thanks for the idea, and for hosting this blog hop.

Rustown Mom June 10, 2011 at 9:49 AM  

Goodness that looks good. My mother used to make mango chutney that was more like a condiment than something you'd put on muffins, but I will have to try this! Found you on Paisley Passions linky and I think I'll follow you, too!

Cheerful June 10, 2011 at 1:10 PM  

i like jam and this is one is something to try, thanks for sharing! have a great weekend! :)

Miranda | Mangoes and Chutney June 10, 2011 at 3:57 PM  

Mango jam sounds delicious. Never thought of it, but it makes perfect sense. Thanks for linking to Fat Camp Friday, see you next week!

Two Shades of Pink June 11, 2011 at 8:26 AM  

I have never had mango jam but it sounds amazing! I would love to try this! Thank you so very much for sharing your recipe!

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} June 11, 2011 at 11:17 PM  

I've never tried making jam perhaps someday. lol I'm sure my husband would really enjoy this. Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party.

raya June 12, 2011 at 7:08 AM  

wow i love mango jam! hope you could also visit my entry..

Anonymous,  June 12, 2011 at 8:43 AM  

I saw this on Sweet As Sugar Cookies Sweets for Saturday, and I really appreciate the inspiration--we love mangos, and I love making jam. I never would have thought to try mango jam! Thank you for sharing!

Unknown June 13, 2011 at 2:53 AM  

I would love for you to come and link up at A Themed Baker’s Sunday, where this week is a sweet theme: Random! Yep, Whatever sweety deliciousness you made this week, you can post!

Alea Milham June 13, 2011 at 10:41 PM  

you are lucky to have mango trees. they don't grow in my area, but frugality is making use of what your are blessed with. :) Thanks for sharing this recipe with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

BTW, I didn't see a link, but I may have overlooked it. Several of us are having giveaways to celebrate the one anniversary of our hop.

Anonymous,  June 13, 2011 at 11:46 PM  

this is something new for me,, I love this,, mangoes are my fav,,

Natalie June 14, 2011 at 4:53 PM  

I've never had mango jam before, is it similar to mango chutney? I'm not sure if there would be much difference between the two..or if it's the same thing just a different name? :)

I'm also taking part in the Hearth & Soul hop and that's how I found your blog.

Shu Han June 15, 2011 at 7:26 PM  

I love the idea of a mango chilli jam! a spicy and sweet jam sounds just awesome!

Alia June 17, 2011 at 11:40 AM  

Thanx for sharing the recipe and for hosting this party. I am your new Follower!
We Indians make Pickles, Preserves, Jam and Marmalade out of Mangoes...We love Mangoes! :)

Anonymous,  June 17, 2011 at 12:03 PM  

Sounds great! Thanks for linking up to Made From Scratch Tuesday! I hope to see you back in August when we roll out Canning Week 2011 with lots of great prizes!
Jen @ Mess Hall to Bistro

Unknown June 20, 2011 at 11:11 PM  

fabulous recipe...i love mangoes...but have never tried mango jam. my loss, i am sure! thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club

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