Sunday, June 07, 2009
Yummy, yummy strawberry jam! I can't wait to spread in on toast. It's quite cruel to require 24 hours to sit. The smell wafted from the house. My neighbor came to get her daughter and was amazed at how good it smelled. How can you go wrong with strawberries and sugar?
So, how does one go about making jam?
1. Hull all of the strawberries.
Then eat them?
No, eating all the hulled berries isn't quite helpful but when you're this cute you get away with a lot.
2. Crush berries and put in a stock pot, add lemon juice and fruit pectin. Cook until full boil. Then add sugar and boil again.
3. Skim foam off the top after removing from heat. Ladle jam into prepared jars ( sterilized in hot water), leave 1/4 head space, place lid on (sterlized too) and put on rim bands.
4. Water bath. Start timer 10 minutes after boil. Turn off let sit for 5. Remove from water, let sit for 24 hours.
We ended up with 18 1/2 pint jars! Christina brought some of her own picked berries so I had enough strawberries left to make another batch but I just didn't have it in me to do more. It took us 2-3 hours to make the jam. So, I sliced them all up and froze 'em.
You know you want to make some too...