Friday, May 24, 2013

strawberry jam

It's Friday!! It's the weekend!
 
We made it!!
 
I started school back today. Boo for summer classes. Yay for one semester closer to graduating. I've been wanting to make homemade strawberry jelly since we went to the strawberry fields last week! Today, I tackled it and it was SO fun and easy!!
What you need:
 
Ingredients
 
Strawberries - preferably fresh, but frozen (without syrup) works, too. A batch requires 5 to 6 cups of crushed berries, so you'll need about 10 cups of raw whole strawberries.
 
Pectin (it's a natural product, made from apples and available at grocery stores (season - spring through late summer) and local "big box" stores. It usually goes for about $2.00 to $2.50 per box.
 
Sugar - About 4 cups of dry, granulated (table) sugar.
 
Equipment
 
2 large pots
Mason Jars (w/ lids and rings)
tongs (to get hot jars out of the boiling water with)
Jar funnel (to make pouring the jam easier)
 
 
Supplies
The most important "supply," the strawberries, were being washed! :)
 
STEP ONE:
 
Wash your jars, lids and rings in the dishwater on "pots and pans" setting to get the hottest water and clean the jars.
 
STEP TWO:
 
Hull the strawberries.
 
 
STEP 3
 
Crush the strawberries.
 
STEP 4
 
Measure out the sugar and Pectin. You need 4 cups of sugar for a batch of 6 jars. Put the 4 cups of sugar to the side and mix one pack of Pectin with 1/4 cup sugar.
 
 
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STEP 5
 
Mix the berries and pectin/sugar mixture in a large pot and bring to a full boil.
 
 
STEP 6
 
Once the berries and pectin/sugar mixture has been brought to a full boil, add the four cups of sugar and boil for 1 minute.
 
 
STEP 7
 
Skim the foam off the top! It's completely normal and a good sign. Then, take a spoon that has been in ice water for a minute or two and get some of the jelly on the spoon. Let it sit until it reaches room temperature and see if it is as thick as you would like. If it is, AWESOME! If not, add another 1/4 to 1/2 packet of Pectin and bring to a boil for another minute. This should do the trick!
 
STEP 8
 
Fill your mason jars with the jam and then tightly screw the lid on.
 
 
 
STEP 9
 
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and put your mason jars filled with your jelly inside for 5-10 minutes until you hear the seal "pop."
 
 
 
I made 6 jars of strawberry jam with this recipe! Happy Jamming!!

First item I can check off that bucket list!! :)

Happy Friday!
 


4 comments :

  1. that's so cool that you even attempted this. I've got to be more domestic!

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  2. Yum! I love strawberry jelly and I just may have to try this recipe!

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  3. I love how you put the jam in mason jars!

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