Monday, May 18, 2009

Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Jam - look at all that red!

I have never minded the work involved in preserving food in such an old fashioned way. The excitement of steralized jars in my kitchen ~ the first canning has begun with the strawberries we picked on Saturday and by Saturday night the process was finished, only to be greeted by a hungry family Sunday morning for breakfast. It was all worth the effort indeed!

The recipe as promised:

Strawberry Jam

6 cups of cored strawberries
4 cups sugar
1 ½ packages Sure-Jell
1.5 lemons squeezed
Lemon zest

Mash and cook strawberries
Mix ¼ cup sugar with 1 ½ packages of Sure-Jell – add to strawberries
Add lemon juice and zest
Bring all this to a boil

Add remaining 3 ¾ cup sugar
Bring back to boil
Skim off foam

Funnel into sterilized jars, put on lids
Put jars in water bath for 5 minutes

This should yield 6 jelly sized jars.

Enjoy! ~


Jennifer said...

Those jars of jam are gorgeous!