About a year or so ago, I brought home this "Jammin Kit" by Disney. I picked it up for only ONE dollar at one of the many dollar stores around here. It sat in my storage cupboard for about 6 months, then it was moved to the upstairs cereal cabinet where it sat for 6 more months. Once I moved it upstairs the kids saw it and would occasionally ask when we were going to make some jam.
I remember my mom making jam...it was probably blueberry or pincherry or crabapple. It seemed like a long, hot process...boiling jars, cooking the fruit, straining the fruit overnight in cheesecloth etc. etc. I wasn't quite up to that.
This kit included everything we needed (except the fruit) and required no cooking, no boiling jars, no straining.
Jam was ladled into jars, set out to firm up for about 1/2 hr and then popped into the fridge.
It was so easy and the kids enjoyed it and it counts as "educational", so I wish I had bought a few more of the kits so we could make jam a few more times. But more than likely the remaining boxes would have sat mouldering somewhere for a year or so. I've always have great intentions but have problem with the following through part...I'm sure my mom would say that is how I have been since I was a little girl :)
Of course the kids were so eager to try the jam...and they loved it. How could you not love something that tasted like the topping from a strawberry sundae?
I like how the kit says on the back about it being a family activity and a HEALTHY SNACK.
I checked on-line and you can actually buy this kit through Amazon.com - it's more than a dollar, it costs $11.99...which is still a pretty good price...though not close to the steal I got for $1.00.