Homemade Strawberry Jam

We had our Keepers Meeting tonight and we made our very own homemade strawberry jam! Yum!

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It was so easy, I thought I’d share the recipe with you all. This is NOT a canning recipe, I’ll cover more of that in a later post, but for this we put the jam in jars and then into the refrigerator. They should be good for about a month.

So don’t be afraid, YOU CAN DO IT! And the taste is WORTH it!

Ingredients:

  • 4 pints of strawberries (cut off stems, wash & chop)
  • 7 cups sugar
  • 1 pkg fruit pectin (I used Ball Brand)

Equipment:

  • Potato masher
  • Large sauce pan
  • Glass Jars, seals and lids (Recipe makes about 8 cups, or 5 pint sized jars)
  • Metal Spoon
  • Measuring Cup

STEP 1: Put 5 cups of strawberries into large sauce pan and using potato masher, mash strawberries until pulpy (is that a word?). We left some chunks just ‘cuz we like it!

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STEP 1.5: Make sure to sample the strawberries for freshness!

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STEP 2: Stir in 1 pkg of fruit pectin into the strawberry mixture and place on stovetop. Bring to rolling boil on high heat, stirring constantly! (DO NOT WALK AWAY, this will boil over quickly!)

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STEP 3: Once mixture is boiling add in 7 cups sugar and return to full boil and boil for EXACTLY 1 minute and remove from heat.

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STEP 4: Cool mixture slightly and pour into glass jars leaving at least 1/4” from the top. Put on lids and place in refrigerator.

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STEP 5: Enjoy and give yourself a big high-five for being so cool!

21 Comments

  • Rebecca July 20, 2010 at 4:58 am

    Simply beautiful! I am sure your children loved helping with this!!

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  • Kelly July 20, 2010 at 6:38 am

    YUM-O!!! I can't wait to eat all these wonderful things again! As soon as my gestational diabetes goes away. Lord Willing I will be enjoying fruit again!!! T-minus 24 hours!!! 🙂

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  • Denise July 20, 2010 at 6:40 am

    From the Homeschool Crew here~ I love the look of your blog, and added myself to your (MANY) followers! LOLLove all your pictures.

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  • Melinda July 20, 2010 at 7:40 am

    I have done something simliar with freezer jams!!Since I know you have SO much time, I was wondering if you could explain, give a tutorial, about the little squares on the side of your posts, with the dates???

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  • Heather July 20, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Great pix! I made this jelly for the first time this year after strawberry picking. It is so easy and tastes sooooo good. I've been telling everyone I can think of how easy it is to do the freezer jam, because I was so scared of "real" canning, I avoided it. Look what we've been missing…A friend gave me two pieces of advice: use EXACT amounts and cook the pectin longer rather than less, and it gels better. A few of my jars didn't set as well as others so we are using them as strawberry topping and flavoring for plain yogurt! We are going blueberry picking today and I am going to see what I can do with blueberries next!

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  • Karyn July 20, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Hey! I just discovered your blog and I am having so much fun searching through all your resources. I bought the preschool curric. I am starting homeschool this year with my 3 & 5 year old kids. Thanks for all your great ideas!!

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  • Pebblekeeper ~ Angie July 20, 2010 at 9:00 am

    How fun and yummy is that??? We do Contenders of the Faith with the boys. Dropping by for the blog walk this week. 🙂 I've already been enjoying you in my Google Reader. 🙂

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  • Berry Patch July 20, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Yum! I may have to try this one! Stopping by as part of the TOS Crew Blog Walk.

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  • mamamia July 20, 2010 at 11:53 am

    This looks like delicious jam! I stumbled onto your blog a while ago, and have absolutely loved it! You have so many printables, ideas, and practical advice. Your blog is a godsend to me! I wanted to share one thing that I thought would be helpful. Often, when you have a link, it will send me away from your page when I click on it. I know that there is a way that you can have a link open up a separate page, but I am not sure of how to do it. I really like exploring your blog, and think it would be so nice if clicking on links didn't send me away from the page!Enjoy the jam! I look forward to reading more of your great ideas!

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  • Lisa July 20, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    We love making strawberry freezer jam. It doesn't last long in this house though! Stopping by on the TOS Blogwalk.

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