We've enjoyed lots of yummy strawberries this spring, thanks to our friends with an organic farm! I bought some discounted soft berries and then she brought me another pound or two - so I decided to try my hand at some strawberry jam!
Slice all those yummy berries! My recipe calls for four cups ~ and if you want to freeze at this point you can and make your jam another day which is what I did.
Next, thaw frozen berries until just a bit icy and add 1 c. sugar. Let sit 15 minutes. Then, add 6 c. sugar and bring to a hard rolling boil. Skim off foam with a metal spoon. NOTE: The jam will almost double, so make sure to use a much larger pan than it looks like you will need. Don't ask how I know this! :)
After boiling hard for one minute, stir in 3 oz. liquid pectin. Ladle into jars and top with lids and rings. Invert jars for a few seconds to sterilize and heat lids. Flip back over and place on cooling rack so air can circulate around jars. Makes 7 half pint jars. As jam cools, lids should seal and preserve your jam!
Ok, I have to tell on myself - my jam boiled over - I mean WAAAAY over! As it was hitting the hot burner, it was producing smoke and oh, what a mess!
A few days later - Emily and I saw some smoke outside - we wondered where it was coming from. I figured a neighbor was burning leaves or something - but Emily said, "maybe it is strawberry jam!"