Monday, June 11, 2012

strawberry jam.

i am loving this time of the year! my garden is growing, it's warm and sunny, flowers are blooming, and the green is getting greener!

another thing i love about this season is making homemade strawberry jam! this is my first year ever canning and it was so fun! i am looking forward to canning tomatoes, salsa, peaches, and maybe some other stuff too :)

i got this recipe from a wonderful friend of mine over at [august fields]. you will love her blog too! 

this recipe is super easy!!

strawberry freezer jam
found: august fields
makes: 10 jam ball jars
time: 45 minutes

4 cups of crushed strawberries
8 cups of sugar
2 boxes of pectin. i used sure-jell [all natural yellow box] - this is what sara used and what my mom suggested.
1 1/2 cups of water

1. cut up your strawberries. put them in food processor or blender or you can even mash them by hand!
2. you want to end up with 4 cups of crushed strawberries. i ended up using 2 containers of strawberries.
3. mix in the sugar. this is a lot of sugar - so make sure to mix it well!
4. in a large pot on the stove, stir in together the 2 boxes of pectin and the 1 and 1/2 cups of water. stir together until it boils and then let boil for one minute. i didn't know how important this step was.. so i totally set a timer :). the pectin should be completely dissolved.
5. turn off the heat and add in the strawberries. just as sara did.. i love my jam with chunks! so i chopped up about 10 strawberries and added them in.
6. pour the jam into jars and *definitely* make sure to leave a little room for expansion! i forgot to do this with like.. the first 1/2 of my batch! whoops...
7. leave out until it cools and then place it in your freezer. 

see? super simple and easy!!! :) :)

do you do any canning? what is your favorite thing to can? 

- jennifer

1 comment:

  1. Looks delicious! I hope I get to try some ;)


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