I picked up my Bountiful Basket this morning, which included bananas, oranges, apples, asparagus, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, celery, zucchini, peppers and a pound of strawberries. To that I added 16 additional pounds of fresh strawberries! It's jam-making day for me.
Have you ever wished you knew how to make home made jam? I know a lot of people say they would like to do it, but they think it's too intimidating. Let me tell you, bottling/canning/preserving is NOT as hard as it seems. It is actually pretty straight forward...you just have to have the right equipment.
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Ok. Here we go. This is how you make home made strawberry jam that will last for years and years. Not only is it delicious, but look how gorgeous it is!
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5 cups crushed strawberries
1 package pectin
7 cups sugar
1C measuring cup
4 pint jars with lids (or 2 quart size jars)
Step 1: To start, you need 4 pounds of strawberries, this will yield approximately 5 cups of crushed berries. Cut the stems off the berries and crush them with a potato masher. The jam is much better if you leave the berries a little chunky, so the potato masher works great.
(Before you move on to step 2, you'll want to get your canner ready. I use a steam canner. I get the water in it, turn the heat up and let the jars get hot inside the canner. I also put the lids in hot water to soften the seal, which helps ensure a good seal on the finished product.)
Step 2: Mix a package of Pectin (Sure Jell) into the strawberry mixture and bring to a boil on high heat. Once it gets to a rolling boil (does not stop bubbling when stirred) add 7 cups of sugar. Return the mixture to a rolling boil, stirring constantly, and let it boil for exactly one minute. Remove the pot of jam from the heat, and using a ladle and a canning funnel, pour it into your hot jars. Place the preheated jar lids on the filled jars (leave 1/8" space for expansion), screw the tops on, and close the steam canner. The jam needs to process for 12-15 minutes.