It took about 45 minutes to chop the fruit, heat it up, add sugar, bottle it and do the canning and in the end I got seven 250ml jars, one 125ml jar and about 200ml in a tupperware container which went right into the fridge.
In total about 2,075 ml of jam and this is what it cost me:
- One package of no name pectin $0.99
- Almost a full bag of sugar which I got on sale a few months ago $1.50
- One and a half quarts of strawberries $5.99
- 8 snap lids $0.80
- 2 cups of chopped rhubarb- FREE
Total cost of production $9.28. This jam will be enough for me and the kids for a year.
So what did I earn in my 45 minutes of toil? Well I found an all-natural strawberry rhubarb jam at Sobeys for $4.19. This is a 190ml jar so it works out to $2.21/100ml.
So if we use this retail value as the value for my jam, I've made $45.76 worth of jam for only $9.28.
That's a 493% yield. Sweet.
Of course, one jar will go to the neighbour who donated the rhubarb but with these types of profits I can afford to be generous.
Enjoy the weekend.