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Suzan
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suzanne
duncannon pa
USA
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Posted - Aug 17 2008 :  08:10:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Anybody know why my fruit is floating the top of my jam? I'm makingpeach right now but I have had strawberry do it too. Help!

sweetproserpina
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meg
Vinemount Ontario
Canada
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Posted - Aug 17 2008 :  08:22:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I had the same problem with my apricot jam, any help would be great!

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Leezard
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Elizabeth
Novi MI
USA
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Posted - Aug 17 2008 :  09:43:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hmmmm...I assume that you're cooking the jam, not making freezer jam. I've had the same issue with cooking jam and just end up stiring it up when we open the jar and that distributes the fruit and it stays. Hopefully someone else has some ideas for you!

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DianaMT
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Diana
Billings Montana
USA
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Posted - Aug 17 2008 :  10:31:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Are your peaches too big? Are you using chunks or? Did you bring it to a full rolling boil?

Just some thoughts.

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electricdunce
True Blue Farmgirl

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Karin
Belmont ME
USA
2544 Posts

Posted - Aug 18 2008 :  05:15:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, it really is the nature of the beast for the fruit to head for the top. Some recipes call for you to totally crush the fruit before cooking it, I never do that, but I suppose it is worth a try. Though I think Elizabeth's solution is an easy one, and if it tastes good, who cares?

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acairnsmom
True Blue Farmgirl

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audrey
cheyenne wy
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Posted - Aug 18 2008 :  5:16:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You questioned sparked a memory that I had recently read about this problem. I checked my cook books at home but couldn't find the information I was looking for. I had just checked out (again) the book "Stocking Up" at the library and here's what it has to say:

"If you've stirred your jams and preserves properly before jarring them, you should have no trouble with fruit floating to the surface. If you find fruit floating in your preserves, stir the preserve mixture gently for 5 minutes after removing it from the heat the next time you make them. Also, make sure that you've used fully ripe fruit, that is was cooked long enough, and that it was properly crushed or ground."

I don't think floating fruit affects the quality of the product, just looks odd. So follow Elizabeth's advice to stir this batch and you should be good to go! If you're like me, this will just give you incentive to try it again.

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deeredawn
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Dawn
Medina OH
USA
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Posted - Aug 18 2008 :  5:19:04 PM  Show Profile  Click to see deeredawn's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
My peach jam is doing it too....hubby still likes it!

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Annab
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Anna
Seagrove NC
USA
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Posted - Aug 19 2008 :  03:31:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I sometimes get this if there is too much jelly liquid and not enuogh fruit mixed into the jam part i.e. more fruit makes for less of it to rise to the top

for my strawberry, I remedied this by pureeing the berris rather than mashing I just whirr the berries for 2 or 3 pulses and that's enough to get a great blend

I had peaches and was ready to do the same for peach jam, but ran out of time before we had to leave for vacation.

have been doing it like this for 5 years and people rave about it all the time

sometimes the last bit of berry/juice mixture is out of porportion and the berries still rise to the top if this happens, I just use these batches for hubby';s sandwiches and don't bother selling them a stir or two with a spoon in the jar and its all good
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Alee
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Alee
Billings MT Sister # 8
USA
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Posted - Aug 19 2008 :  06:42:48 AM  Show Profile  Click to see Alee's MSN Messenger address  Send Alee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I have never made jam or jelly before- but now I know a pitfall to look out for! Thanks ladies! I love how much I learn here!

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Amie C.
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Finger Lakes Region NY
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Posted - Aug 19 2008 :  09:05:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Somebody's mom told me once that you can stop the fruit from rising to the top by turning the jars upside down a couple of times as they cool. I guess the fruit gets trapped somewhere in the middle as the jam congeals. It seemed to work, but I've only had to try it once so that's not really an endorsement.
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deeredawn
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Dawn
Medina OH
USA
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Posted - Aug 20 2008 :  06:09:52 AM  Show Profile  Click to see deeredawn's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Any advice is good to me! I'll try it with my next batch! Going for more peaches today as Ohio peaches are "in"!

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lacisne88
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Chelsey
Lake Stevens Washington
USA
1181 Posts

Posted - Aug 20 2008 :  09:02:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I made a yummy blackberry jam for the first time this week. It's delicious! I posted about it with pics and everything on my blog if you want to check it out.

Chelsey
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