Exotic Mango Banana Jam Delite
photo by Ambervim
- Ready In:
8-10 8 ounce jars
- 3 cups finely chopped pitted peeled mangoes (about 4 medium be sure they are NOT bruised)
- 2 cups crushed ripe bananas (not brown)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1⁄2 vanilla bean, split in half Lengthwise
- 1 (1 3/4 ounce) package fruit pectin
- 1⁄2 teaspoon butter
- 5 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon banana liqueur (optional)
- Crush bananas with lemon juice to prevent browning. Set aside.
- Meanwhile prepare boiling water canner. Heat 7-10 (8 oz) half pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Set bands aside.
- Combine mangoes, bananas and vanilla in a 6- or 8-quart saucepan. Gradually stir in pectin. Add up to 1/2 tsp butter to reduce foaming, if desired. Bring mixture to a full rolling boil that can not be stirred down, over high heat, stirring constantly.
- Add entire measure of sugar and liqeuer if using, stirring to dissolve. Return mixture to a full rolling boil. Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam if necessary.
- Carefully remove vanilla and ladle hot jam into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band until fit is fingertip tight.
- Process in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed. Lable.
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I forgot to add... I used 1/2 a vanilla bean but scraped the inside out and mixed that in as apposed to leaving the 1/2 vanilla bean in and extracting it later. I also used Fruit Fresh and a potato masher to 'crush' the fruit... the mango I sliced off the seed and found it was little too chunky in the end so got the kitchen aid hand blender out and vitamised that a bit to a smoother consistency. I also used a candy thermometer - like I said, all new to this... and working out what works for me. 10 stars for this awesome concoction! thanks so much
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