HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY JAM

Hey, guys!! How are you doing today? It’s a new week and a new month! It’s another blessing! I am always glad at the start of a new week because, for me, it’s about new opportunities, and a chance to start afresh. 🙂

So, in the last couple of weeks, I have been having loads of strawberries, mostly because they’ve been sort of cheap at the grocery store and it’s also strawberry season. Then the idea popped in, It is a perfect time to make strawberry jam. So, in short, I will be sharing with you guys a recipe on how to make strawberry jam.

So, what are the things you will need?

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You will need:

  • 2 lb of strawberries
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 8 tablespoons of fruit pectin
  • 4 cups of sugar
  • A large pot
  • 4 mason jars (I used 236ml)
  • A potato masher
  • Measuring cup
  • A kitchen tong (or a jar lifter if you have one)

Step 1: Wash the jar in warm soapy water

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Step 2: Put the jars and the lids into simmering water

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Here, put the jars in a pot and set your stove to low heat. This will help sterilize the jars and also keep the jars warm enough, so when you put the hot jam in them, they won’t break.

Also, put the lids in a different pot from the jars and set the stove to low heat as well.

Furthermore, leave the jars and the lids in simmering water with the stove on low heat until the jam is ready.

Step 3: Cut off the stem of the strawberries and cut the strawberries in halves

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Here, cut the stems off the strawberries and then cut the big strawberries into halves, and leave the small ones as a whole.

Step 4: Wash the berries and mash them

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At this point, wash the strawberries thoroughly.

Step 5: Mash the strawberries

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Here, put the strawberries in small batches and mash them. You want to make sure not to put all of the strawberries in at once because it will be harder to mash them this way.

Step 6: Boil the strawberry puree

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After mashing the strawberries into a puree, transfer the puree into a pot and add lemon juice and pectin (pectin is what helps the jam thicken).

After mixing the puree,  put the pot on the stove (medium heat) and continuously stir it until it simmers.

Step 7: Add sugar and continuously stir it

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Add sugar and continuously stir the puree until it boils. Once the jam thickens and boils, you will notice the foam on the puree. Scrape away all the foam from the pot with a spoon.

Once the foam is all removed, the jam is ready.

Step 8: Use a ladle to put the jam into the jar

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Once the jam is ready, take the jars way from the pot and place them in a clean area. Then use a ladle to put the jam in the jars.

Once the jam is in the jars, use a paper towel soaked in vinegar to wipe the excess jam around the jar to keep the jar clean and sticky free.

Step 9: Seal the lids

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Now that the jam is ready, you have to sterilize the jars and seal their lids. In order to do that, wrap the jars (with the lids on) in an old t-shirt (you can use kitchen napkin too if you have one) and put them in a pot of warm water and set your stove to medium heat until the water boils.

After the water boils, leave the jars in for about 10 minutes. Then bring the jars out of the pot.

Step 10: DONE

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Once the jars are out of the boiling water, wait to hear the “pop” sound. Once you do, it means the jars are sealed. Once the jars are sealed, you can have the jam on your pantry for about a year.

I had a lot of fun doing this, and I hope you guys try this out and have fun doing it too. 🙂 Homemade jam makes for excellent gifts for friends and they taste oh so delicious on bread and peanut butter — yum!!

Well, I hope you all have an amazing week! Till next time xoxo…AK

 

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