Sunday, July 10, 2011

Strawberry Jam

I have wanted to try my hand at making jam for a long time. With all the strawberries we have I figured now was as good of time as any. I have to admit I was a little intimidated by the canning process, but let me tell you, it was so simple and the results could not be sweeter. Now I can't wait for more items in my garden to ripen so I can try canning again.

We have already been enjoying this jam on our morning bagels and muffins. And this will certainly make a wonderful gift.
Just add jam to the list of items I won't dare buy from the store any longer.

Happy canning!
Don't forget to prep your jars before you begin making your jam and this process moves along quickly. Simply bring a large pot of water to a simmer, add the jars and lids. Do not boil the lids. I kept my rings out of the boiling water so they would be ready to work with.

Strawberry Jam
Makes: 4 pints of jam
Source: Ball

5 c crushed strawberries (approximately 3 lbs)
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
7 c sugar
1/2 tsp butter
1 packet fruit pectin

Combine crushed strawberries and lemon juice in a sauce pan. Still in fruit pectin and butter. Bring to a full boil over high heat, stirring constantly.

Add the sugar and stir till dissolved. Return mixture to full boil. Boil for one minute and then remove from heat.

Fill jars.
For the canning process I followed the instructions from Ball. I found this online How-To very helpful.

The basic process is to make sure you have hot jars when filling with hot jam so the jars do not break. Then place the lids on the jars and attach the rings. Place the jars back in the hot water bath and make sure to cover the jars with 1-2 inches of water. Bring the water to a boil and let the jam hang out for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the jam in the hot water for another 5 minutes. Remove the jars and let cool for 12-24 hours.

Remember if the lid does NOT flex up and down you have properly sealed your jars. If it does, you can try the canning process again or simply refrigerate and use within a couple of weeks.
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3 comments:

  1. Yum! I love homemade strawberry jam, yours looks great :D

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  2. What stunning jam! New follower here...loving your lemonade, too :)

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  3. I've always wanted to make my own jam, like my mom used to, but there are just the two if us - would take a decade to go through it all!

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