Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Strawberry Jam

First of all, this blog just hit....


I really appreciate each and every one of my followers! Its super motivation to keep cookin and blog about it. Truly makes me happy! It even has my husband impressed--and that's not so easy to do! =) I need to think of something special to do--any ideas?


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This recipe was submitted by Gina from The Canary Family. I have never "canned" anything, so this was all new to me! And I have to say--I don't know why I was so scared to--it was easy as pie (or should I say "strawberry jam"?)! I always keep jars around for my recipes like Homemade Coffee and craft projects here and there--so this was just another opportunity to use them! So here it is!

STRAWBERRY JAM


For step-by-step directions, click here: Step-by-step Jam

7 cups white sugar
5 cups strawberry chunks
1 package of pectin
4 to 5 pint-size jars

Boil a large pot of water with lids and rims inside. Pour the water into clean jars, and set lids aside. (this keeps the jars hot!)

Measure out 7 cups white sugar, set aside.

Trim and cut into chucks strawberries to measure 5 cups.

Dump strawberries and box of pectin into a large pot over med-high heat. Mash and stir, and add 1 teaspoon of butter to keep the foaming-action down.

Once the mix comes to a boil, stir in sugar. Hard boil for 1 minute then remove off heat.

Dump water out of jars, and fill them with strawberry mush with a ladle. Wipe the threads clean and twist on lids and rims really tight. Turn the jars upside down for 5 minutes. [just enough time to clean the mess up]

The flip the jars back right-side-up and let cool for several hours. The lids will "pop" and you will know its sealed.


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I made pretty little labels with mine--and I will pass them out for Mother's day. My husband and I went through half a jar this morning for breakfast (it was that good!) so I think I might need to make another batch soon!

I also didn't fill the jars up that high, and next time I will fill it to the "neck." Its looks better that way as well.

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I also want to give a "shout-out" to a dear friend of mine. I met her back in our first year of college (like, more than 10 years ago) and we still keep in touch to this day! Brittany has helped me quite a bit with my blog. She has designed my header and helped touch up a few pictures. She's got her degree in graphic design--and her work is fabulous! So stop by and tell her I sent ya! You never know if you'll need a super-awesome-creative-sweet-cool friend. =)

5 comments:

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Maranda said...

This jam looks great! Congrats on the 100 followers!!!

Tiffany @ Eat at Home said...

My mother-in-law makes the best strawberry jam. I usually just let her make it, but I should give it a try myself.

Kortney said...

Hi Carolyn! I finally got over to sweep up the recipe for this! It was soo good (just like you said) that we are going to make some for ourselves!! Thanks again for the giveaway and thanks for sharing your easy recipe!!

Kortney @ Kortney's Krazy Life

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