My Mom and I used to get together to make jam during strawberry season when I lived near her.
My parents did all kinds of canning when all of us kids (6) were home. Our garden was huge. Once you're used to fresh homemade food like that - you never forget the taste. So after I got married and purchased store jam....I quickly learned to be a little more domestic from my mother.
She is amazing!
HERE is the link to the recipe we use or you can follow along below.
I got a good deal on super ripe berries at the local farmers market this weekend.
2 Cups of crushed strawberries (I like them pureed - no lumps)
(buy 1 qt. ripe strawberries)
4 Cups of white sugar
3/4 Cup of water
1 Box of Sure-Jell Fruit Pectin
Wash strawberries by soaking them a few minutes in a little salt and water then rinse.
I get my bottles all ready before I start by finding lids and washing them really good. I usually keep jars from salsa and peanut butter to use so I don't have to buy them. Each batch of jam fills about 4 to 5 jars.
Discard stems. Puree strawberries in a blender. In a large mixing bowl measure exactly 2 cups of prepared fruit. Stir in sugar and let stand for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. (if you don't let it sit long enough your jam will have a grainy-sugary texture)
Mix water and pectin in a small saucepan on high heat and bring to a boil. Let it boil for a full minute stirring constantly (if not slightly longer - your jam will not set up if you don't boil it long enough). Add to fruit mixture and stir for 3 minutes.
(First day of summer - I kept the boys busy helping me)
Fill jars immediately to within a 1/2 inch from tops. Wipe the jars and place the lids on. Let them stand at room temperature for 24 hours. That is it!
The jam is now ready to use. Keep it in the fridge for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer for up to a year.
We made 6 batches....looks like a lot but my family LOVES this stuff. I put some jam in little cute spice jars to give samples to friends. I tend to give so much away -
sharing the yum!
I bought that serving stand at Pottery Barn over the weekend.
It was half price.
If you make this jam for your family or friends - they will know you truly love them!