Making jam at home!

February 13, 2023, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a smear of jam. Is it across a slice of toast, a white shirt, or something unexpected? The jam could be the focus or detail that ads a twist. Who are the characters with the jam and where are they situated in space and time? Go where the prompt leads!


My grandmother was an accomplished cook. She would cook delicious food daily, but what I remember most about her was the preserves, pickles, and jams she used to make with seasonal fruits.

Orange marmalade, apple jam, plum jelly, and guava jam were her specialties. I’d often stand with her when she was making the jams. she’d show me how to test for the readiness of the mixture.

Put a smear of the jam on a plate and drag your finger through it. If the two parts remain separate, your jam is ready to be bottled”!

I do miss her!


Word count; 99

Written for 99 Word Story, hosted by Charli Mills



70 thoughts on “Making jam at home!

  1. A good thing to remember… that Jam advice. If I ever get enough berries again. Hubby trimmed the branches I could reach. I guess I could try with different local berries from a farmer’s market 😀

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  2. Nice story! My grandma used to make apricot jam and strawberry jam. She would cook them with sugar and then place them on the balcony for days to dry or ferment or whatever. I never learned how to make it. Nor do I find myself inclined to learn.

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