We made currant jam.
June 21st is the day currants typically are ready to pick in our area of Germany. Last year they were quite late and didn't ripen until the 10th of July, but it was a bountiful harvest. Since reading the Little House series, my 12 year old asks to make jam every year. We tried to make peach jam one year, but it was quite runny and didn't work very well. Jam making is a skill I never acquired and so it intimidates me a little. My landlord, on the other hand is an expert. She makes jam every year. Quince, currant, plum, blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, cherry........ I asked if we could help her.
What we ended up doing was making jam two days in a row. The first day it was just me and the kids following directions from the internet and hoping to do it right. The second day we helped our landlord. Both days were fun and resulted in jam that tasted good. Here's what we did.
Day 1 - Jam Making with Me and the Kids
Day 2 - Jam Making with our Landlord
The directions I followed did not require gelatin as they stated currants have a sufficient amount of natural pectin to make them gel. Our landlord said she adds gelatin to all of her jam. The jam we made with her was definitely thicker.