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Banana Jam Mistakes

While I make a ton of jam and jelly on a monthly basis, I usually don't make Banana Jam, because of the pH value of the jam you have to be much more careful in cooking and canning it.

A friend asked me if I would make her large amount of Banana Jam for a special trip she was making to the East coast for a weekend conference and workshop. My friend had taken some of my Banana jam to the workshop a couple of years ago and they were quite taken with it so she felt it would be a hit again this year. So my little adventure with Banana Jam began.

My day started out with trying to find my original Banana jam recipe among all of my jam and jelly recipes, well needless to say it was nowhere to be found. Of course if you ever saw or knew of my filing and organization skills you wouldn't expect me to find to much of anything. If I'm looking for something that I used just a day or so ago it is usually on top of some stack of papers, but if it's been a year or so it may be lost for ever. I have this bad and good habit that if I haven't touched something for six months or more I throw it away because that means most of the time it's not important enough to keep. Well that works most of the time but not always example: Banana jam.

Finely giving up on trying to find the recipe I decided to just look up a new recipe on the internet expecting to find the one I used in the past. That was a exercise in frustration. There are many recipes on the web and a simple search isn't so simple sometimes. I came up with a couple that looked close to what I remember using in the past, most of the recipes for banana jam are pretty simple for there really isn't that much to making the jam.

Now I have learned over that past few years just because someone has posted a recipe on-line it doesn't mean that they have ever made the recipe. Sometimes I think they just copy the recipe from someone else not always making sure they have copied the recipe word for word sometimes leaving out some of the important facts. Unfortunately I found this out this time causing me to waste over a gallon of bananas and another gallon of sugar.

In using the first recipe everything seemed easy enough and things went pretty well, with the banana jam looking very good and tasting delicious. I was quite taken with how well the jam was turning out and even that canning process was going very well. Everything was great I had the Banana in the pressure cooker and it wasn't long before I started taking the jars out and that began the first hint that there was a problem with the jam. As I pulled the jam out of the pressure cooker I noticed a bit of separation with the bananas and the sugar, and it wasn't long before the jam began to separate big time. This was very upsetting that I had wasted the time and product on a recipe that some Bozo had screwed up listing on-line.

After throwing out more than a bit of wasted Banana jam and then spending some time researching recipes on-line I found out that the recipe failed to mention the proper time needed to cook the jam down, the bad recipe only said to cook the jam for five minutes when the actual time it should have been was more like a half hour. I found that the extra 25 minutes made the world of a difference in the jams ability to set up and thicken as it cooled. So after another gallon of bananas and gallon of sugar I was able to turn out a successful batch of jam for my friend.

What I have learned this time the hard way, is to spend a few more minutes in researching things on the internet before jumping into whatever I'm going to do, and not to always trust what it on the net.

We've been making jam and jelly at our restaurant for years now. We are also known for our Sweet breads like banana bread, Peach bread etc. and also our fresh made and Baked fruit pies. We also have our Beckeys Kountry Kitchen website for our sweetbreads and jelly and jam


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I love banana jam! Goes great on some flap jacks with a few raisins thrown over the top!

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