HOW TO CAN BANANA NUT JAM
Banana + Honey + Peanut Butter = East Texas Goodness.
OMG, to use one of those internet words, I love bananas and I love peanut butter and I love honey. I really love the jam I made from bananas and peanut butter and honey.
Someone gave me a half of a case of bananas. They were at their peak of ripeness. I had to do something with them quickly and the first thing that came to my mind was to make banana jam. I’ve never had banana jam before, but it sounded great. I did a quick search of the internet and came up with several recipes that were all similar and simple to make. I had everything I needed except jars. So first I took care of that problem and was set out to make my first banana jam.
While it was boiling I put a cup of lime juice in a bowl large enough to hold the lime juice and 8 large bananas. I peeled the bananas and sliced them into ¼ inch slices adding them to the lime juice as I went. Use a large spoon and mix the bananas in the lime juice to help prevent the bananas from turning dark.
Add the bananas and lime juice to the sugar syrup with a large spoon being careful not to let the hot syrup splash on you. Bring the bananas to a boil and cook for 30 minutes or until the mixture has thickened enough to suit your taste.
It was at this point that I saw a jar of honey that had been sitting on my kitchen counter for several weeks. It only had about a half of a cup of honey left in the jar. Soooooo, I then added the honey to the bananas.
As long as I was improvising, I thought why not add the peanut butter to the bananas and honey. Sounded good to me. Sooooo, I went to my stash of fine peanut butter and pulled a jar of vintage 2016 Smucker’s Natural Creamy. I think Crunchy would work just as well. Took the lid off and put the jar into the microwave and heated it for 60 seconds to soften the peanut butter. I then mixed in the oil and spooned the whole 26 ounces into the banana jam and honey. I heated the peanut butter and bananas/honey mixture until hot but not boiling. I stirred frequently to keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. The aroma was wonderful.
I sterilized a dozen ½ pint jars and spooned the mixture to within ¾ inch from the top of the jar. I placed lids on the jars and screwed on the rings. I put in a water bath for 20 minutes and set aside to cool. This made nine ½ pint jars of Bananas and Honey and Peanut Butter Goodness.
Here are a couple of notes I’ll do on a remake.
- I have not tried this yet, but, next time I make this I will use 12 or 14 bananas instead of 8 and add 1 cup of honey instead of ½ cut.
- This is how I water bath can for the fridge. Be sure to follow safe canning procedures as noted by National Center for Home Food Preservation.
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