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This homemade wild berry chia jam is a great way to use up overripe berries like blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. Frozen berries work well too! ~
A few weeks ago, I was at the bus stop talking to the neighbors about how frustrated I was that my daughter’s clothes were not coming clean in the wash. She’s a girly tomboy and everyday after school, she comes home covered in paint from art class and mud from the playgrounds. I was spending a lot of time trying to clean her clothes and it just wasn’t working.
As my daughter leaped into the muddy flowerbed on our front lawn to pick a tulip for her teacher, my neighbor’s Mom looked me right in the face and said, “Well why aren’t you using Shout® Trigger to get it out? I used to use it on all of my kids’ stuff and I use it on my grandkids’ clothes too. I’ve never had a spot that I can’t get out with Shout®.” Her no-nonsense manner was pretty convincing so I went out that very same day and bought the Shout® Trigger Triple-Acting Stain Remover. When I got back home, I went to town on my daughter’s laundry and every – single – spot came clean off her tee shirts. I couldn’t believe my eyes.
If you know my daughter, you know how dirty she gets.
If you know my daughter, you’re probably shaking your head in disbelief.
If you know my daughter, you also know that she doesn’t mind using her tee shirt as a napkin…especially after she’s eaten a PB&J sandwich made with my homemade strawberry chia seed jam.
Because my girl – well, she’s a force to be reckoned with and prides herself on her ability to get as dirty as humanly possible.
I was so impressed by Shout®‘s ability to get her clothes squeaky clean and spot-free that I immediately threw my other non-working products right into the trash and now I only use Shout® to treat my kids’ stained clothes. #100percenttruestory #justaskmyneighbors
But before I totally toss my beloved child under the bus, it’s only fair that I let you all know that the apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree here. I am also known for being messy…and getting dirty…and having lots of stains on my clothes.
You see, I’m a Mom who thinks that every day should end with a little bit of something on your clothes. Whether it’s dirt from a mud puddle, or poop from your new baby chicks, or stains from an exploding bottle of kombucha in your fridge, stains on your clothes usually mean that something exciting happened that day. But don’t get me wrong. I know that not all exciting things are good things.
Like it’s probably not a good day if your homemade bone broth sloshed out of the crockpot and all down your brand new skinny jeans, but at least your kids get to have a hearty soup for dinner, right?
And you may be pretty upset if you forget to close the little see-through lid on your blender and accidentally blend your avocado smoothie all over your white kitchen cabinets, but at least you’re eating healthy, right?
But this is how it goes, especially in my world. So when I ride my turquoise beach cruiser into town and get grease on my new outfit, I don’t worry about it. When my adorable little chicks poop all over my maxi dress, I just keep on smiling. And when I get melted coconut oil all over my shirt while mixing up my beloved sugar scrubs, I just don’t care. As long as I have Shout® Trigger Triple-Acting Stain Remover, packed with stain-fighting ingredients and enzymes to quickly penetrate, break up and remove tough stains, I can continue on being my fun, free-spirited self because I know that Shout® will tackle any stain I throw at it.
HOMEMADE WILD BERRY CHIA JAM
- 2 pints (2 pounds) strawberries
- 1, 4.4-ounce container of blueberries
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3/4 cup turbinado sugar
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
Step 1: Wash, hull, de-stem, and chop up berries. Add to a deep-lipped saucepan.
Step 2: Add sugar and cook over medium heat until berries are soft, approximately 5 minutes. Note: If your child only likes smooth jam, carefully remove berries at this point and puree them in a blender.
Step 3: Carefully pour berry puree back into the pot. Add chia seeds and stir often until jam gets very thick, approximately 15 minutes. Remove jam from heat and allow to cool slightly.
Step 4: Divide jam into any kind of clean, sterilized, freezer-safe containers. When filling, make sure to leave ½-inch of room at the top for expansion upon freezing. Leave jam sitting out at room temperature until it cools down before putting it in the freezer – or refrigerator – if you plan on eating it asap.
Do you like to make homemade jam? Are you a fan of things made from scratch? Do you have a stain that you just can’t get out? Let us know about it in the comments below.