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How Jam Is Made

What Makes a High-Quality Jam?

A gourmet-quality jam is hard to come by. Reading the nutrition label of any jam makes the process sound deceptively simple. Most jam and preserves only come with 3-4 ingredients, so why is it so difficult to receive a fresh-off-the-bush berry flavor? The answer is creating high-quality jam is hard and meticulous work.

The three pillars jam stands on are fruit, sugar, and fruit pectin. These three ingredients control the fruitiness, sweetness, and consistency of the jam. Those who make their own jam can attest to the difficulty of balancing these three simple ingredients.

How Is Jam Made?

The fruit is cooked at a high temperature to evaporate excess water. Jam that is made with too much sugar can form white bumps or have a hazy look to it. If the jam has too much pectin left over, it may not be able to be spread. Low-quality fruit may not be preserved during the cooking process, spoiling the jam. Even with perfect ingredients, the jam is always at risk of being overcooked.

For all of these reasons, creating a high-quality jam is a difficult task. To ensure a consistently high-quality result, the process and ingredients used need to be as close to perfect as possible.

How Does Maury Island Makes Its Jam?

Thankfully, Maury Island Farm comes from years of jam-making experience. Each jar of Maury Island jam is made from ripe berries from the Pacific Northwest. These berries are vital to the spread and serve as the primary ingredient. Other jams try to mask low-quality fruit with excess sweetness from artificial flavors, but Maury Island refuses to compromise on its quality.

The added pectin and sugar come in small quantities. This allows for a fruitier, more natural jam that can spread with ease. For those who have never had Maury Island Farm jam, the differences can be tasted right away. Flavors like tart cherry, boysenberry, and blackberry-raspberry each make for a delicious flavor from perfectly-balanced ingredients.

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