jam session.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I made my first ever homemade strawberry jam (preserves? jelly?) over the weekend and, not to boast, but it actually came out really well.
I really didn't want to add sugar to mine but got nervous toward the end of the recipe and threw in a cup (the boyfriend says its perfect, I could have lived with 3/4th instead of a whole cup)-- but better to be sweet than nothing at all (or, rather, a runny strawberry mess/total waste of 2 pints of strawberries).
Here's how I made it:
Strawberry Jam how-to
What you'll need:

  • 2 pints organic strawberries
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 3/4th organic apple (I used a Braeburn but any will do): cored, de-seeded, & finely grated)
  • Potato masher
  • Canning supplies (if you so choose)

Combine strawberries, grated apple, and 2-3 tablespoons of water in a large pot and cook on medium-high heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the strawberries become soft (about 20 minutes into cook time), squish with a potato masher to let all of the juices out.
Add in 1 cup of sugar and cook for about 10 minutes more until the mixture becomes the consistency of molasses. Remove from heat and can accordingly. Leave the canned deliciousness overnight, totally undisturbed.
If you've gone through the canning process & your jar sealed, use within a year. If not, refrigerate and use your jam within a week.
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I had some left over jam that didn't fit in the can/I refrigerated and was very pleasantly surprised with how good it came out. It also went very well with the croissants my boyfriend's mom made, too. Talk about a delicious Sunday breakfast!
I really can't wait to experiment with other fruits and sugar combos! I won't lie, it was a little bit daunting (and I may have been freaking out this AM that the jar hadn't sealed) but I'm delighted that it all worked out-- and was pretty delicious on top of it all.

Have you guys ever made homemade jam? Let me know if you try this recipe, any other great ones, or have any tips! 

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