About a week ago, I received plums and pluots from Bountiful Baskets. Yesterday evening, I decided to make some plum and pluot jam because my plums and pluots were extremely ripe. Rather than throwing them out, I figured I could make a small batch of jam. It was my first attempt to make plum and pluot jam. I have only attempted strawberry jam one other time.
Last night, I suspected I had over-heated it because it was hardening quickly and was extremely thick getting it into the jar. I was a little worried about getting the remaining mixture out of my pan. Reflecting back on my strawberry jam, I remembered using my meat thermometer to watch the temperature rather than the sheet method.
This morning, I placed the jar in the refrigerator to get it cold and after church figured I would open it and see how it turned out. Sure enough, I opened the jar and the "jam" was a rock solid!! Instead of jam, it appears I made hard candy. However, my hard candy was stuck inside of a Ball jar! OOPS!
Recently, Chris Shade stated in a recent TED Talk, "If failure is not an option, then neither is success. If you've never failed, you've never tried anything new."