Learning About Raspberries
- Raspberries are made up of a cluster of bead-like fruit called drupelets. Each drupelet has a seed inside.
- Raspberries grow in a variety of colours: red, purple, gold and black.
- Raspberry roots are perennial, coming back every year, but the stems are biennial and only produce fruit in the second year.
- Raspberries are very nutritious and are high in fiber, vitamin c, potassium and folate.
Chocolate Chip Raspberries
Here is a simple and yummy way to eat raspberries. Just put a chocolate chip inside each raspberry! Raspberries and chocolate are a great combination! It is kind of a slow process to do it by yourself, but it is a perfect job to do with your kids!
Royal Raspberry Cake
Beat well. Spread into greased 9x13 pan and top with raspberries.
Bake at 350 F for 30-35 minutes. Cool 5 minutes.
Spread over cake, leaving berries exposed.
This summer I finally got up the courage to try again. The first jam I made was the strawberry jam. It turned out just a little bit runny. Next I made rhubarb-strawberry jam, which, as my kids said, was "perfect"! Then I tried making raspberry jam without pectin in it. The first two jams thickened while they were cooking, but the raspberry jam looked very liquidy, so I fiddled with it and called a friend for help. In the end, it was way too thick! I did some research and learned a few important things about making jam.
- Jam needs three things to set: sugar, acidity and pectin.
- You can not cut back on the amount of sugar the recipe calls for. The amount of sugar is important for the thickening process.
- You can not double the recipe. The jam won't set properly if you try to make too big of a batch.
- You will know when your jam is at a hard boil when stirring it does not stop the boiling.
- The amount of time the jam boils is very important to getting it to set right.
- The pectin we use is Certo. All Certo boxes have recipes for different kinds of jam in them.
- If your jam is too runny or too thick, you can fix it and don't have to throw it out! (Click the purple link to find out how.)
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