I made my first batch of jam today. I don't have the proper equipment like tongs and racks, but it went well, except for a few minor mishaps.
I listened to the snap, crackle, pop of the jars sealing once out of the water bath, but...one of my jars, as I brought it out of the boiling water flipped out of my grasp and landed upside down on the counter where a little jam juice spilled out. Though my nervousness subsided as I listened to its uncharacteristic pop.
Is it still good?
I put agar in my jam just as an extra precaution so I know my jam will be set.
The spoon I used to taste test to see if it needed more sugar was dipped into the hot jam before ladling into the jars.
One of my jam jars while sterilizing slightly poked through the surface of the boiling water, I tried to turn it so the whole jar would be sterile, but it didn't really workout. Once again, is it good?
I don't want to make myself or my family sick. I wonder if I should throw the jars into the freezer?
I was nervous about jumping into the world of canning and preserving because of the fear of making people ill. I'm beginning to regret my decision to try this new venture.