Canning · Recipes

Canning Part II: Homemade Jam

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A few weeks ago, we made strawberry jam. It’s something I have been wanting to do, and we finally made the time to do it!

Here is the recipe we used:

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Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs of fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 4 cups sugar

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Directions:

  1. Smash the strawberries in a bowl using the bottom of a plastic cup.
  2. In a saucepan with a heavy bottom, mix the ingredients and stir over medium heat until all of the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Increase the heat and bring to a full, rolling boil and stir often until the temperature reaches ~220*F.
  4. Fill jars and process in a canner. You can read more about canning here and here.

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TIP: To test your jam to see if it is ready to can, put a plate in the freezer for a few minutes. Add about a tablespoon of jam to the plate and return to the freezer for a minute or so. When you pull the plate out, run your finger through the jam. If it doesn’t run back together, your jam is ready!

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**Disclaimer: As always, use care and caution to avoid contamination and prevent bacterial growth. For more information, go to the National Center for Home Food Preservation website.

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