Strawberry Jam Recipe

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Strawberry season is among us! What better way to take advantage of the season than going to a local strawberry farm?  Here in Southern Louisiana, that is exactly what we do.  You go to cute little family farms, get as many strawberries as will fill your bucket and eat them as you go.

However, if strawberries are not a locally grown produce, but they are on sale, I would recommend buying a lot of them & making some jam with this DELICIOUS recipe. It is seriously finger-licking good, and it goes in the freezer. No scary pressure cooking or anything of the sort and you have some to last all-year long 🙂

Are you ready for this simple recipe?  Well, let’s get those aprons on and our sleeves rolled up, it’s going to be a fun experience 🙂

Step 1: I had to make sure all the jars I was going to use were clean, so I ran them through the dishwasher with the sanitation cycle on. You could also hand wash them if you don’t have a dishwasher. Also, all fruit needs to be rinsed prior to starting this adventure.

Step 2: Gather your materials….

  • a paring knife (or any sharp knife)
  • a cutting board
  • a 4-cup measuring cup
  • a potato masher
  • a large bowl
  • a spoon of any sort
  • a saucepan
  • jars with lids (I use freezer safe, wide-mouth pint jars)

and gather your ingredients….

  • sugar
  • pectin (found in canning aisle at Walmart)
  • water
  • strawberries (obviously)

Step 3: Set up your work space.  Group your first 4 set of materials together.  That’ll be Phase 1.  Phase 2 is the large bowl with sugar.  Phase 3 is the pectin and the sauce pan with water. DO NOT MIX IN THE PECTIN UNTIL READY TO HEAT.

Step 4: Chop up your strawberries.  You don’t want little bitty pieces but you don’t want huge chunks.

Step 5: Fill up your large measuring cup to the 4 cup mark. This is where it can get messy and you’ll be grateful for the apron.  Mash your strawberries until you get about 2 cups of a juice/puree-ish mixture. There will still be pieces, but they will be much smaller.

Step 6: Dump the mashed strawberries into the large bowl of sugar and mix it well.  You’ll need to let this stand for 10 minutes stirring about half way through.

Step 7: Fill a small saucepan with water & turn on your burner. Pour in the pectin and stir constantly, DO NOT STOP STIRRING.  Bring it to a rolling boil and boil for 1 minute.  When that minute is up pour immediately into your strawberry-sugar mixture and stir for about 3 minutes, melting the sugar.

Step 8: Pour into jars and seal with lids.  Should make about 3 jars per batch. Let them sit for about 24 hours before sticking them in the fridge.  I labeled them with the time I finished each batch so that I didn’t get anything mixed up.

I bought a flat of strawberries (12 pints). I used 8 pints for canning and saved the other 4 pints for eating. Those 8 pints produced about 10.5 pints of jam, just to give you an idea of what to buy.

Alrighty, lets go make some jam using this detailed recipe printable below. Hope you enjoy making jam as much as I did 🙂

Jam Recipe

What do you think of canning? Let me know in the comments below of any other delicious canning recipes you have made or are interested in making.

 

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