Its June which means its strawberry month!
I don’t think many things can taste better than the sweetness of homegrown, fresh strawberries!
Besides the many strawberry dessert options that we have, my favorite thing to make with strawberries is homemade jam. Oh so good!
My friend Christine taught me this amazing recipe few years ago! My kiddos and I can’t stop eating it!
I encourage you to try making your own and preserve the summer harvest to enjoy all year round. Its a piece of cake and saves you money!
Homemade Strawberry Jam
6 pints of farm fresh strawberries, to equal 6C of crushed strawberries
4C white sugar
1 box of pectin (I choose the pink box!)
New canning lids if you are reusing your jars
1. Rinse your berries and cut off the stems.
2. Clean and sterilize your jars and lids. Keep your lids in the hot water until they’re needed.
3. Next, you want to crush your strawberries to your desired consistency. I use my Ninja for this step and it makes this step super quick. You can do this by hand or with a food processor. Whichever works best for you.
4. Mix 1/4C sugar and the pectin together in a small bowl. Add to strawberries.
5. Bring to a rolling boil. Which is when it keeps bubbling while being stirred. During this step I am removing the foam as I stir. You can choose to wait until after you add the sugar.
6. Add the remainder of the sugar and bring the mixture back up to a rolling boil and boil for exactly 1 minute. Stirring consistently.
7. Remove from heat and skim off the foam.
8. Ladle quickly into your prepared jars. Leaving about 1/8in at the top. Wipe your rim clean and cover with your two-piece lids.
9. My new way of getting my jam to set properly-Place jars in a large pot of boiling water – make sure the water covers the top by 1-2inches- and boil for 10 minutes.
10. Remove jars without tilting them and place them upright on a towel for 24 hours. No need to worry about the water on top of the jar. *If you hear popping sounds coming from the jars that means you did something right! Yay!!*
11. Check your seals after 24 hours. If any pop back, refrigeration is necessary.
Enjoy your homemade jam all year round! We love to put ours on biscuits, waffles, pancakes, homemade yogurt, sandwiches and even crackers! Its so delicious!
Your turn! Did you make strawberry jam this year? What is your favorite thing to put it on?
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