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Monday, June 30, 2008

Homemade Strawberry Jam




My family counts on me to make Jam each year. I use Oregon Strawberries, which are the best in the WORLD. They are slightly smaller but oh so sweet. Instead of water bath canning, I use the inversion method. I do refrigerate the jam, but you do not need to. I make about 30 jars each summer and each year the amount increases, as they make their way all over the world with my husband on his travels.

You will need:

Pectin, I use Sure Jell For Less or No Sugar Needed Recipe, I use the less sugar recipe, Oregon Berries are naturally sweet
6 pints Strawberries
4 cups of sugar
1/2 tsp butter

Wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain well before filling. 
 
STEM and crush strawberries thoroughly, one layer at a time. Measure exactly 6 cups prepared fruit into 6- or 8-quart saucepot.

MIX 1/4 cup of the sugar (from the measured amount in bowl) and pectin in small bowl. Add to fruit in saucepot; mix well. Add butter to reduce foaming. Bring mixture to full rolling boil (a boil that doesn't stop bubbling when stirred) on high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in remaining 3-3/4 cups sugar. Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam with metal spoon.

LADLE immediately into prepared jars, filling to within 1/8 inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with 2-piece lids. Screw bands tightly, turn the jar of jam upside down and leave that way for 2 hours.

After 2 hours, you can then turn jars right side up and check for seal by pressing middle of lid with your finger, if the lid springs back, it is not sealed and you will need to refrigerate.

The Jam will last for 1 year unrefrigerated and up to 3 if you refrigerate.

5 comments:

Pam said...

I love your jam, it's always so tasty - great pictures too!!

Paula said...

Yummmmm, I agree that Oregon strawberries are the best, especially the Hood variety. Boy, I bet this smelled good when it was cooking!

Kevin said...

I enjoy making jam as well. Your strawberry jam looks good. What a nice deep shade of red.

Raquel said...

Looks great! We usually just make freezer jam with ours!

nancysrecipes said...

I made strawberry jam for the first time this year but the berries in the jam all floated to the top. Oh well, I can always stir it up some, I guess. Love your blog!