Monday, July 11, 2011

Strawberry Jam

Our kitchen has been quite busy the last few days!

We were finally able to get our hands on some strawberries this past weekend and we took the opportunity to restock our supply of strawberry jam. Last year we made 8 half pints thinking that it would be enough since Ender and I are the only serious jam eaters in the house, but Ezra joined us in the jam eating and we gave a few away... so we ran out around February even after trying to be careful in how we used it.

So this year we made jam plans.

And not just more strawberry jam. We checked out a few different books from the library and I ended up buying Canning for a New Generation. Ender and I have been through that book many many times in the last two weeks and let me tell you- that boy has serious plans.

:: Plain strawberry jam

:: Strawberry lemon preserves

:: Strawberry rubarb jam

... and plans for blackberry and cherries and peaches if we should come across good ones.

We spent Saturday making the plain strawberry jam:

And ended up with 7 half pints and 1 pint, just because I ran out of half pint jars.
Total miscalculation on my part.

We're planning another10-12 half pints of jam from the strawberries because as much as Ender and I love to eat jam I think we love giving it away just as well.


  1. Looks delicious! We only have one serious jam eater in the house but she can eat a lot.

  2. Perfect timing! We just picked 22lbs of strawberries yesterday.

    How do you make your jam? This will be my first time and not sure about pectin vs. no pectin etc etc.

  3. We did this batch as freezer jam with pectin. That's the way I've always made it, so we went ahead with it for this first batch. We are trying without pectin for our other variations on strawberries, all through the book I linked above. *love* this book!

    I did the strawberry lemon preserves (without the packaged pectin) last night and they set up really well. Tonight it's on to strawberry rhubarb without packaged pectin and I'll definitely share how those turn out.


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