Monday, February 11, 2013

Strawberry Jam


The strawberries in Florida are at their peek right now so they're everywhere- and pretty cheap!  I've wanted to go out and pick some but there are so many roadside stands right now and truth be told, they usually have better berries than the u-pick places.


These rode around in my car for a few hours while I ran errands yesterday.  It's always a good sign when they smell up your whole car!


I bought a strawberry huller at Williams-Sonoma and I'm really glad that I did.  It made the process much easier.  It'd also be great if you wanted to make that filled strawberry recipe that is really popular on pinterest.


Ingredients:
4 pints (2 quarts) of hulled strawberries
7 cups sugar
6 tablespoons pectin
1/4 cup lemon juice


1. In a single layer, mash strawberries with a potato masher. 
2. Add strawberries, pectin, and lemon juice to a large pot and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
3. Add sugar to strawberry mixture and stir until all sugar is dissolved.
4. Bring mixture to a boil and let hard boil for one minute, stirring constantly. Skim foam off top of jam.
5. Funnel into sterilized jars leaving 1/4" head space. 
6. Process in hot water bath for 10 minutes.

Makes 8 half pints.

If you have any specific questions about canning, let me know.  I know it can be intimidating but it's really quite easy. 


As pretty as these Weck jars are, they aren't the easiest to use.  If you're going to try canning for the first time, stick with good ole Ball jars. I should have skimmed off more foam which is why it looks a little "frothy" at the top.  It doesn't bother me or change the taste but it's not really the "proper" way to do it.


 Every once in a while there is a jar that doesn't want to seal which is fine with me because one jar always gets eaten right away.  I've got a little Valentine's day dessert in mind for it this week. 

15 comments:

  1. I want to try this-looks delicious and fun! I have the WS strawberry huller on my registry.

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    1. It's so easy! And if you aren't a "canner" you can always follow the recipe and after you fill your jars, just stick them in the fridge rather than processing them.

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  2. this looks so stinking good! I need to try this!

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  3. My mom makes jam, and it's always so good!

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  4. Love the Jars.....where did you find those? Love Strawberry Jam. I usually go to Collinsville (AL) trade day to purchase strawberries and I always put some in the freezer to make strawberry bread during the winter months.

    Thanks!

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    1. I got them at William Sonoma. They're obviously a little more expensive than Ball jars (the smaller ones were $3 and the larger were $4) so I doubt I'll be having any canning parties with Weck jars but they're fun for just a few things here and there.

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  5. I love making strawberry freezer jam - it's so easy and you don't have to deal with canning it even really.

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    1. Very true. My only hesitation is I'd rather have 8 half pints (well, 16 since I did two batches) in my pantry that in my fridge but for small batches, sure!

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  6. I wish I lived in a spot where strawberries were in season right now. That looks delic and I too love those wick jars,

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  7. I am going to have to try this! I love strawberry jam. I also think it would be great to try putting it in the fridge, since I have never tried canning. What type of camera do you use? Your pictures are gorgeous!!

    Elizabeth @ myromancewithreading.blogspot.com

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  8. Where did you get the Weck jars? I have a couple I brought from Germany in my luggage, and love to get some more :-)

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  9. This looks absolutely amazing! I cannot wait to try it. And I definitely need a huller now too. haha. Those jars are adorable too.

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  10. Yum! I will have to give your recipe a try! xx

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  11. Yum. I can taste the start of summer already. From engagement rings

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  12. Homemade jam is always better than store bought! Just found your blog, love it!

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