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Monday, May 30, 2016

Strawberry Jam

My all time favorite jam is homemade Strawberry Jam. This weekend my grandpa bought a box full of Strawberry from a road side stand. We ate our fill of fresh Strawberries and I made Strawberry  Jam with the rest. I like to use Mrs. Wages Lite Fruit Pectin because I'm able to decide how much sugar I want to add. I use less sugar because then I'm to be able to taste the strawberries in my jam, not just sugar with a little strawberry flavor.

Less Sugar Strawberry Jam


5 cups Strawberries, washed, stemmed, and diced
1 1/2 cups Sugar
1 box Mrs. Wages Lite Fruit Pectin

1. Prepare home canning jars and lids according to manufacturer's instructions for sterilized jars. I put mine in the dishwasher. Make if you use the dishwasher, that the heat is on to dry. This will keep the jar warm.

2. Put measured fruit into a 6 or 8 quart saucepan.

3. Mash strawberries with a potato masher until they are very mashed and there is lots of juice. If your strawberries are too firm and don't release much juice add a 1/4 cup of water.

4. Stir in pectin and LET MIXTURE SIT 5-10 MINUTES. I set the timer for 10 mins. and got my sugar, lids and rings ready.

5. Then bring to a full boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Remember a full boil is when you stir the jam it stay at a full boil.

6. Add sugar. Return to a full boil and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Don't overcook pectin as it may break down and prevent gelling.

7. Remove from heat (if using gas stove that means just turn off burner). Then skim off foam. Save foam for later to eat when cooled, Yum.

8. Quickly ladle into hot jars. Leave 1/4-inch head space. Use a clean damp cloth to wipe the top and threads of jars. Cover with hot lids and tighten rings firmly.

9. Set hot jars on rack in canner of boiling water. Water must cover jars by 1 or 2 inches. Cover canner and return to  boil. (200dF)  Boil for 5 mins. Begin time when water temp. reaches 200d.

10.Remove canner form heat,(again gas stove turn off burner) remove lid and let jars sit 5 minutes in canner. Remove jars from canner, set on a cutting board covered by a clean towel.

11. Listen for the POP as the jars seal. If a jar doesn't seal eat that one first.


What is your favorite homemade jam?

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13 comments:

  1. How many jars does this make? Also how do you know the water temp. Guessing candy thermometer?

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    1. This filled 4 (8oz) jelly jars with a few spoonfuls left to taste. I have a digital meat thermometer that I use. When I see steam coming out of the lid, I check and if I see small bubbles then I check temp. I do this by sliding to lid off just enough to stick the thermometer in the water.

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  2. I just finished my annual batches of strawberry jam! I'm interested in the lite pectin! Might try that in the next batch I do! Thanks and I stopped by from the Country Fair blog!

    Julie @ Farming Grace Daily (Wordpress)

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    1. I like the lite pectin because you decide how much sugar you want to add. So you can add more or less sugar than what I did. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. I love homemade jam, and even better you can it and eat it all year long. I would love to have you link up with us at Family Joy Blog Link Up party this week. Check us out http://thinking-outside-the-pot.com/?p=2571

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, I would love to link up to Family Joy Blog Link up. Thank you for the invite.

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    2. I am so glad you joined us. Have a great week!

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  4. This looks so yummy! I've never made homemade jam before, but this post helped me understand the whole process :)

    Blessings,
    
Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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    1. Homemade jam is pretty easy to make and soooo much better than store bought. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. This is really interesting and knowledgeable. Thanks for sharing. I really appreciate it a lot. Please do more blogs in the future. Thank you and God bless to the blogger!

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  6. I was just thinking that strawberries are going to be ready soon and I could really go for some homemade strawberry jam! Thanks for linking up to the Country Fair Blog Party!

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    1. Our strawberry season came so early it is almost over. Thanks for stopping by.

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