Seaside Strawberry Jam

24 May

Greetings from California! Land of fun, sun, and PERFECT strawberries! No seriously. If you have not had strawberries from California IN California IN season, then friends, you just haven’t had a strawberry. No, you have not.

Stop it. Don’t argue.

SO – what precisely do you with a flat of California strawberries straight from the farmstand? STUFF YOUR FACE. Obvy. But once you’re done, you will probably still have some left. So you should probably make some jam.

Seaside Strawberry Jam, from Ball Blue Book: Guide to Preserving

Ingredients:
2 quarts strawberries
1/4 cup lemon  juice
1 package powdered pectin
7 cups sugar

Step 1: Wash strawberries and remove stems. Mash ’em up with potato masher in large pot. It’ll look like this!

Look! This!
Look! This!
Step 2: Add pectin and lemon juice to pot o’ strawberries. Stir to combine. Bring to boil.

Step 3: Add sugar, stir to dissolve, bring mixture to rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute.

Exploding StrawberriesUnless you have the biggest pot ever, I wouldn’t suggest doubling this recipe.

Step 4: Remove from heat, skim foam, and ladle into prepared hot jars leaving 1/4 inch head space.


Hot jars (in at least 180 degree water)

Hot lids (in 180 degree water, don’t boil)

Filling Jars

Step 5: Seal jars finger tip tight and process in canner at rolling boil for ten minutes. Turn off heat and let cool five minutes.

Step 6: Remove from canner and set aside to cool 12-24 hours.

Step 7: Check for seals! And Enjoy!

For more canning resources, check this out!

2 Responses to “Seaside Strawberry Jam”

  1. joe smith October 26, 2010 at 8:47 pm #

    This makes me want to go have some of that jam!

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