Thursday, April 29, 2010

Huckleberry Jam Recipe, historical trivia

Vintage Recipe Thursday is meant to preserve your own original vintage family recipes, or out-of-print, copyright-free recipes from old cookbooks, magazines, newspapers, and postcards. You're invited! Get the details by clicking to the Vintage Recipe Thursday Homepage. I post recipes from the Household Searchlight Recipe Book, first published in 1931. My 16th printing is from 1943. What will you post?


Who was born 175 years ago, died 100 years ago, and wrote the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 125 years ago? Did you say Samuel Langhorne Clemens? You're still right even if you said Mark Twain, which was his pen name.

There will be celebrations all through 2010 and all through the country, although Twain might not have approved, since he said, "What ought to be done to the man who invented the celebrating of anniversaries? Mere killing would be too light. Anniversaries are very well up to a certain point."

I'm offering up a vintage huckleberry jam recipe in just such a celebration, so round up Tom, Huck, Jim, Becky, Aunt Polly, the Yankee, Arthur, and all the neighborhood children. There are jams and pies to eat while the tales take us down the river, and even to King Arthur's Court in Camelot.

Huckleberry Jam Recipe
4 1/2 cups huckleberries
7 cups sugar
1 lemon
1 bottle fruit pectin

Wash fruit thoroughly.  Crush .  Add lemon juice.  Add grated rind of 1/2 lemon.  Add sugar.  Mix thoroughly. Heat rapidly to full rolling boil.  Stir constantly before and while boiling.  Boil hard 2 minutes.  Remove from fire and stir in fruit pectin.  Skim.

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  1. I couldn't link. I tried a couple of times. The Huckleberry Jam is very interesting. Mark Twain House is located about twenty minutes from me and I have never been there.
    I am serving up Strudel today.

  2. Thank you for letting me know, Russ. I have added your delicious recipes to the post.

    Only 20 minutes away? Sometimes the things closest to us are the ones we take most for granted. We do that too, I'm afraid.

  3. This huckleberry jam sounds great - I love huckleberries though they are hard to come by here on the west coast. My offering today is for IMPERIAL CHICKEN aka brown bag chicken.

  4. This jam sounds wonderful! I don't think I have ever actually eaten a huckleberry before. I absolutely love homemade jellies and jams though. Nothing better on a slice of toast!

    If I ever come across some huckleberries in the grocery store, I now know what to make!


  5. I've never made jam before, but I was just thinking that I should (no corn syrup, again).It sounds pretty easy.

  6. We love huckleberries, but don't have them around here. Huckleberry anything is always a treat for us.

  7. Just picked a gallon of huckleberries here in Idaho! Makin' jam :)


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