Fresh Stawberry Jam {A Strawberry Summer Recipe #1}

Today I’m sharing my first recipe for my new series called “A Strawberry Summer”. Nothing screams summer like strawberries, and there are tons of ways to use them. So this summer I will be sharing a variety of recipes using strawberries.


Strawberry jam is surprisingly easy. If you’re  new to canning, strawberry jam is the perfect way to get started. This recipe features fresh strawberries from our local farm

 

Here’s My Notes:

1) Heating the jars: Your jars must be heated for 10 minutes before filling to help prevent jar breakage. Submerge the jars in enough water to cover. Bring water to a simmer, keep the jars in simmering water until ready to use.

2) Heating the lids: Same as with the jars, you must cover the lids with water and bring the water to a simmer, keep the lids in the simmering water until ready to use.

3) For smooth canning, I suggest having everything prepped. Have all your ingredients measured out, your cooling rack ready, and have a timer. 

4) Use fresh ripe strawberries.

5)Hulling the strawberries is a must…here’s a easy why to hull your strawberries

6)If you’re  new to canning, don’t be intimidated. Read through the recipe before starting and don’t rush. 

Fresh Strawberry Jam {A Strawberry Summer Recipe #1}

Equipment 

Canner Pot
Large Pot
Medium Pot
Half-Pint Canning Jars with Lids
Jar Funnel
Jar Lifter

Yields: about 8 half-pints 

2 quarts (8 cups) fresh ripe strawberries 

6 Tablespoons Ball Classic Pectin  

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 

7 cups sugar

Wash hulled strawberries well and drain. Place strawberries in a large pot and crush them, use a potato masher for this (I kept my strawberries pretty chunky). Add pectin and lemon juice to strawberries. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Return to a rolling boil. Boil hard for 1 minute, I use a timer, and stir constantly. Remove from heat. Now remove jars and place on a wire rack. Ladle hot Jam into hot jars leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Adjust two-piece caps. Process 10 minutes in boiling water bath. Cool on wire rack overnight


For additional information on canning, check out these helpful post.

Canning 101 and Strawberry Jam: Part 1
Strawberry Jam: Part 2

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