As I’ve shared before, I’ve been struggling with my baby having constant reflux and gassiness. His pediatrician suggested I cut out certain things from my diet to see what could be the culprit. So for the past 3 weeks I’ve eliminated wheat, dairy and anything citrus among other things — sounds fun, huh? I finally found a brand of bread that didn’t include wheat or dairy. As you can imagine, it doesn’t have much taste to it. Since then, I’ve been on the hunt for a jam to go along with my bread, but unfortunately many contained lemon and citric acid. So yesterday I decided to take a stab at making my own homemade jam. And guess what? It tasted delicious! The ingredients are simple, just mango and sugar, no preservatives, no citric acid. It’s so easy to make, it’s the perfect treat for the entire family. And mango season is right around the corner.
Here’s how you can make your own homemade mango jam.
3 medium sized ripe mangos
1/4 cup of sugar
Look for three ripe mangos. They should feel soft to the touch.
Remove the skin and cut the mango into cubes.
You’ll also need 1/4 cups of sugar. I decided to use a little bit less than 1/4 cups to try to make it a bit healthier. The original recipe also calls for the juice of 1/2 lemon, but since I can’t eat acids I skipped this part out. You can choose to add it in, or substitute lemon juice for a dash of cinnamon or ginger to give it a bit of a zing.
In a medium sized saucepan, add the mango and sugar and cook over low heat until the mango has thickened.
Continue to stir, breaking down any lumps with the back of a wooden spoon or you can also use a potato masher. This process took me about 20-25 minutes. It should start to look like this.
Once the jam is done, carefully spoon the jam into a jar. I used a Smuckers jar and rinsed it off with hot water. You can also buy mason jars at most auto discount stores (oddly enough) and at IKEA. Then place the jar in a bowl with cold water for about 10 minutes. Once it’s cooled down, place in the refrigerator.
VOILA! YOUR OWN HOMEMADE MANGO JAM
And there you have it. You’ve made a yummy mango jam. Enjoy!