April 30, 2012

Simple, Easy, Strawberry Jam

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Nothing quite signals the start of canning season like strawberry jam.  Many may argue that rhubarb is the start, but I typically just freeze it for use later, so it is strawberries for me.  To top it off, strawberry jam is easy to make, a great beginner canning project and nothing quite tastes like a jar of homemade strawberry jam.  I love always having it available in the larder.

So I wait for that magical sale every year, the one where you can buy a few flats for a few bucks and this year the magical price was $5.88 for four pounds of berries.  I left with 16 pounds and the canning commenced.

 

In the end I finished up with 34 jars of luscious, slightly runny, delicious and RED strawberry jam.   Two were gifted and two were immediately eaten.


Simple, Easy, Strawberry Jam
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Recipe type: Jams/Jellies
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Serves: 8 jars
 
A super easy start to the years canning season. A great beginners jam.
Ingredients
  • 4 lbs strawberries
  • 3 cups sugar
  • ½cup lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Wash and hull the strawberries then halve them and place into a large bowl.
  2. Pour three cups of sugar over the berries and stir gently to evenly disperse the sugar.
  3. Allow berries to macerate in the bowl for 2½ hours.
  4. Place your berries in a large, non reactive metal pot, pour in the lemon juice, and turn heat to medium high.
  5. Bring your berries to a boil and then lower the heat to medium and stir constantly for 20 minutes, or longer if you want a thicker more gelled jam. I prefer syrupy.
  6. Ladle the hot jam into sterilized canning jars and cap them for a water bath.
  7. Place your jars into already boiling water and ensure they are covered by water 1 inch deeper than your jars are tall and boil for 25 minutes, or for however long is recommended for your altitude as determined by the USDA.

 

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