Strawberry Jam with Pectin, Canning Method

Pectin will consistently make the jam gel properly and is recommended for beginners.

Strawberry Jam~
There is nothing so delicious as freshly made jam from farm fresh, vine ripened strawberries. I have three recipes, so whether your into canning or just looking for a simple freezer recipe it's here.
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Ingredients
  • 2 quarts strawberries*, sliced or crushed
  • 1 package Sure Jell or other powdered pectin
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 7 cups sugar
Instructions
  1. Wash strawberries, remove leaves and stems, and slice. You may just crush them but slicing makes a prettier jam.
  2. In large saucepan, combine strawberries, pectin and lemon juice and bring to a boil stirring occasionally.
  3. Add sugar, stir until dissolved and bring to a rolling boil. Boil hard for approximately 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  4. Remove from heat and skim off any foam.
  5. Ladle hot jam into hot jars, leaving ¼" headspace. Make sure tops of jars are clean and add lids.
  6. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling-water canner.
  7. Makes 8 half-pints

Three recipes for great jam.

Strawberry Jam without Pectin, Canning Method

Many fruits can be turned into Jam without added pectin because they contain pectin.  The secret is in knowing when the jam has gelled.  Eliminating the pectin can save several dollars per recipe.

Strawberry Jam
Ingredients
  • 2 quarts strawberries*, sliced
  • 6 cups sugar
Instructions
  1. Wash strawberries, remove leaves and stems, and slice. You may just crush them but slicing makes a prettier jam.
  2. In large saucepan, combine strawberries and sugar. Slowly bring to a boil stirring until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Continue boil until gelling point, stirring constantly to prevent sticking.
  4. Remove from heat and skim off any foam.
  5. Ladle hot jam into hot jars, leaving ¼" headspace. Make sure tops of jars are clean and add lids.
  6. Process for 15 minutes in a boiling-water canner.
  7. Makes 8 half-pints

Strawberry Jam, Freezer Method

Freezing is a quick and simple way of preserving without all the fuss of canning.

Strawberry Jam
Ingredients
  • 2 cups strawberries, finely crushed
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 package Sure Jell or other powdered pectin
  • ¾ cup water
Instructions
  1. Combine strawberries and sugar. Set aside for approximately 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. In small saucepan combine pectin and water, bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add pectin to fruit mixture; stir for approxiamtely 3 minutes.
  3. Ladle jam into freezer appropriate conatiners or jars leaving ¼" headspace.
  4. Let stand at room temperature until set, up to 24 hours; label and freeze.
  5. Makes 6½ pints

 Canning supplies needed for these recipes:

These jam recipes recquire just a few basic canning tools; jars and lids, a large pan for bathing jars of jam, a funnel to assist with filling jars, and jar lifter.

Make sure your jars are clean and hot when adding jam.  To keep them hot you can store them in the canning bath water until needed.

A great resource for beginners is the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving.

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