Friday, May 21, 2010

Easy Strawberry Jam

I made several jars of this Jam with our strawberries we picked. It turned out SO yummy! I will be making cards for each of the kids teachers for their end of the year gift to post soon. They will each get a jar of this along with the card.

(Disclaimer: This is how I personally make my Jam, there are many variations and many techniques people use. I am a novice canner and tend to do make changes so that my children can participate)

Step 1: After washing jars and lids, place in sink full of boiling water. Let stand in hot water until ready to use.

Step 2: Prepare a large pot with enough water to cover your jars later. Put on stove and bring to boil.

Step 3: Place in large pot: 4 cups crushed strawberries (Let the kids crush them with a potato masher),7 cups sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon butter (This is to keep your jam from getting too foamy). Bring mixture to a full rolling boil on high heat stirring constantly.(This is where the kids need to step back and let Mom or Dad take over as it could be dangerous for little ones)

Step 4: Stir in 1 pouch liquid pectin. Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly 1 minute, stir constantly.

Step 5: Remove from heat and ladle quickly into prepared jars, filling to within 1/8th" of top. Wipe jar rims, and cover with 2 piece lids. Screw bands tightly. Place jars in prepared boiling water. Water needs to cover jars by around 1"; add boiling water if needed. (I like to keep my tea pot full of boiling water at all times while canning).Cover, bring to gentle boil. Leave 10 minutes.

Step 6: Remove from water onto hand towel and let stand at room temperature 24 hours. Store in cool, dark, dry, dark place up to 1 year. Refrigerate opened jars up to 3 weeks (In my house 1 small jar only lasts about a week!)

Throw a decorative bow around the rim and it makes a great gift! We will be using these as our end of the year teacher gifts. And, because the kids helped in the process, it makes it a much more personal gift.

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