This carrot cake jam is one of the two homemade jams that has my family yearning for more. The other one is my homemade apple butter. It is constantly requested. And it is typically the first one to be eaten the fastest. So I usually need to either double this recipe or just make two batches which would get me about 14 half-pints.
Unfortunately for my family, I only make it in the winter, in the months of January and February. Fresh pineapples go on sale during this time for $0.99 per pineapple. The regular cost is usually about $4-5 per pineapple. That is one heck of a deal so I stock up buying around 15-20 pineapples at a time. It is also a great time for this jam because it uses a good amount of carrots and apples or pears. These are on sale in my area. Or in my cold room where I have store my homegrown carrots and apples.
Safely change up the recipe.
You can make this recipe even more unique and true to the actual cake by making it a conserve. Conserves are jams that have added nuts and fruit stirred into it. To do this, add 1/4 cup of pecans or walnuts chopped small and 1/4 cup of golden raisins. Stir these two ingredients in immediately after the one minute hard boil.
The coconut flakes and vanilla extract are also optional ingredients. You can omit both of these and this carrot cake jam will still be safe to water bath can. Or you can substitute almond extract for the vanilla extract if you wish. It may change the flavor just enough.
Cost of this recipe.
If you look at purchasing all the ingredients at full price then you are probably looking at one batch of jam (or 7 half-pints) costing around $12 or $1.72 per half pint. This homesteader can reduce the cost immensely. Like I stated above, I purchase pineapples for a dollar and grow all the remaining fruit and vegetables. That gives my total cost around $5 for one batch or $0.71 per half pint.
I love this price because you can’t find this actual recipes in the stores. And you certainly can’t buy jam for under a dollar or even under two if you pay full price for ingredients. This jam is a win all the way around.
This canning recipe is mixture from both Ball’s Fresh Preserving online website and Wicked Good Kitchen food blog. All images and text are all my own and original to One Acre Vintage Homestead – Pumpkin Patch Mountain Homestead.
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