With Summer finally arriving (despite the fact that time no longer feels like a construct due to COVID-19) fruits are finally in season! I was able to go berry picking a couple weeks ago and have been relishing in all of the yummy things I have been able to create out of them. Strawberries were the first to be picked of the season so I am sharing the recipes this week in what I am now titling, STRAWBERRY WEEK!
We are starting the week of first with a jam recipe, strawberry has always been my favorite, I don’t mess around with grape jelly, no thank you! Of course my grandfather’s recipe is just in his brain and did not have any interest in writing it down, so we used a very similar recipe from Kylee Cooks!
- 1 LB FRESH Strawberries
- 3/4 Cup Sugar (we cut back the sugar, I like to taste the natural flavors of the berries)
- 2 TBSP Lemon juice
Let’s Get Cooking
Wash the strawberries really well and slice off the tops and cut in half.
Add berries to a bowl and muddle them in small batches.
Add the berries into a saucepan and add in the sugar. Mix well over medium heat.
Bring the berries to a boil. Once at a boil add the 2 TBSP lemon juice.
Boil for about 15 minutes, or when the jam reaches a temp of 220F. We did not have a thermometer at the time so we just kind of eye balled it. Continue to stir the jam to make sure that it does not burn.
Use the frozen plate test to make sure the jam is ready! Place a few plates in the freezer and make sure they are cold! Once the jam has boiled for 15 min place a TSP of the jam onto the frozen plate. Place back in the freezer for a few minutes. Grab the plate out of the freezer and run your finger through the jam. If the jam does not run back together it is ready to be canned! If it does, allow the jam to continue to cook on the heat for a little longer.
Make sure your jars are nice and clean, heating them in water before canning.
Pour the jam into the jars and screw on the lids. To seal, flip the jars upside down.
Once the jars are sealed refrigerate and use within about 2 weeks!
This stuff is amazing on EVERYTHING & it tastes better when it’s hand-picked and homemade!
Made with Love,