Easy Peasy Strawberry Jam Photo Instructions

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Start by Picking the Best Strawberries!

Little Man, Little Missy and I went to our favorite place to pick berries, Fordyce Farms. This family run farm is a fun place to go with little guys since they¬†offer a wide¬†varity of¬†produce to pick and they also have a garden to¬†explore as well. I’ve also heard from friends that they only spray once¬†at the start of the year before¬†the berries¬†grow. I don’t know about you but I’m all for minimal¬†chemicals on my food. We started picking early in the morning so the berries were still firm and we didn’t get scorched by the heat of the day.

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Choose the Right Berries

The best berries for jam are ripe, not over ripe¬†or mushy, but firm and red all over. I think that’s why I love picking berries myself. I can really control the¬†quality and it’s fun to share with the family. We save money and really get to know how our food is grown and where it comes from. My kids like to be included in this process and because of the work involved, I think they enjoy the finished product so much more.

ingredients

Get Organized
It’s best to set out everything you’ll need during the jam making process. Here’s a list of supplies that are needed:

-berries, sugar, butter and pectin (see instructions that comes with pectin for amounts)
-2 bowls (one for cleaning the berries and one for mashing the berries)
-Strainer for rising berries
-Jars and lids and rings
-Large canning pot for bath
-Large sauce pan for cooking jam
-Extra towels and washcloths for spills
-Oven mitt
– Vinegar

toolsTools
1.  Masher
2. Canning tongs
3. Canning funnel
4. Measuring cups for strawberries and sugar
5. Huller for removing the caps off the strawberry
Not shown but useful: ladle and metal spoon

instructionsPectin Instructions

Instructions can be found in your pectin box. I used Certo Pectin and have used other brands in the past as well.

-4 cups prepared strawberries (buy about 2 qt. fully ripe strawberries)
-7 cups  sugar, measured into separate bowl
-1/2 tsp. butter or margarine (optional)
-1 pouch  CERTO Fruit Pectin

fill

Fill
Water canner, half-full with water, and simmer on stove.

rinseGet Jars Ready
Wash jars and screw bands in hot, soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain well before filling.

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Soak Berries
Pour water and 2 Tablespoons of vinegar into a bowl. Allow dirt to settle at the bottom of the bowl.

hull

Hull Berries

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Rinse Berries

mash

Mash Berries

measure
Measure (4 cups needed)

pour

Pour into Pot

sugar
Add sugar (7 cups)

stir
Stir , add butter (optional) and cook on high heat till…

boil

Bring to full rolling boil (a boil that doesn’t stop bubbling when stirred)

pectin

Add Pectin. Cook and stir for 1 minute.

skim

Remove from heat and skim off excess foam with metal spoon.

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Ladle immediately into prepared jars, filling to within 1/8 inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads.

fill3

Cover with 2-piece lids. Screw bands tightly.

bath

Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. (Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. ; bring water to gentle boil. Process 10 minutes.

final

Remove jars and place upright on towel to cool completely. After jars cool, check seals by pressing middle of lid with finger. (If lid springs back, lid is not sealed and refrigeration is necessary.)

Enjoy!