FIVE-FRUIT JAM

FIVE-FRUIT JAM
MAKES 6 TO 8 CUPS

2 pounds freshly hulled strawberries
3 cups sugar
1/2 pound fresh raspberries
1/2 pound stoned cherries
1/2 pound fresh blackberries
1/2 pound fresh blueberries
2 cups sugar
Hot sterilized jars and lids

Into a glass bowl, delicately mix together strawberries and 3 cups sugar; leave to macerate for 12 hours. Pour strawberry mixture into a large casserole; bring to a boil. Simmer, without stirring if possible, for 15 minutes. Take away from heat; reserve. Arrange raspberries, cherries, blackberries and blueberries into a clean large casserole; bring to a boil. Mix in remaining 2 cups sugar; lower heat. Thoroughly mix; simmer for 30 minutes. Bring back strawberry mixture to a boil. Pour raspberry mixture into boiling strawberry mixture. Well mix; simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, until of desired consistency. To check for desired consistency, spoon a little jam onto a plate. Freeze mixture for 5 minutes. Jam should be quite firm and should not run. If needed, simmer again for a thicker consistency. Immediately pour mixture into hot, sterilized jars. Top with sterilized lids.
Sterilize filled jars into hot boiling water for 7 minutes.