stawberry jam is too easy not to do
Added by funkyncheap | Fri 05 Jun 2009 @ 03:57
Though 7 cups of sugar seems like a lot this simple and easy jar is far healthier than anything you can buy in the store. It is so easy anyone can do it. Use for yourself or make wonderful baskets as gifts.
4.5 cups crushed berries
7 cups sugar
1 box certo or other powdered pectin
DO NOT DOUBLE THE RECIPE
1. Use ripe and blemish free strawberries ( you can use a mix of berries if you wish).
2. Hull (take the stems off), rinse with room temp. water and let sit to drain in a strainer. You don\'t want extra water or you will get runny jam.
3. In a large bowl crush berries with potato masher.
4. In a large pot place strawberries and certo (pectin) and bring to a rolling boil while stirring. Add sugar and bring to a hard boil for one minute. Remove from heat.
5. Let it sit for about 5 minutes and you will see foam come to the top. Skim this off. It does not impact the taste but if left will leave white chunky bits in the pot. Stir and let foam rise again, continue to do this for about 7 minutes. The stirring is important as it ensures the fruit doesn\'t float to the top.
6. Pour into hot sterilized jars. Easiest way to do this is do in the dishwasher. If no dishwasher soak clean jars in a clean sink full of boiling water until use. Fill jars leaving 1/4 inch head space. Don\'t freak out it will look watery.
7. At this point you can either just put a clean lid on, having had it soak in the boiling water (don\'t do lids in the dishwasher \'cause they fly all over the place) or you can use a proper lid and canning ring and proceed to giving it a proper hot water bath for long term storage. For either method leave out sitting on a towel not touch each other. You may hear them pop, this is just the aor leaving the jar as they cool. They will set over night.
Since it is a small batch I usually make it as we need it. I freeze whole cleaned and washed strawberries from when they are in season. To do a hot water bath look up for your local area as sea level does play a part. If you just stick it in the fridge it is good for about 2 months.
It is great on toast, pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, yougurt but best of all is in ice cream or a milk shake.
Once you do this I can promise you that you will never go back to store bought jam. erm well maybe except Jamie\'s of course lol. First time I made jam I was so buzzed that I had actually did it. I had put off making jam for years thinking if was some magic craft. Dead easy.