Hi! I promise I haven’t forgotten you – I just don’t have an inborn need to write. This makes me a mediocre blogger, at best. I was never good at keeping a diary or journal, either, even though I really wanted to be. I don’t process events by writing about them, and I’m not all that great at staying in touch via email or other written means.
Anyway, all that to say – sorry for the infrequent posting, and I think I’ll be changing the format of this blog. I think I’m going to just post the recipe (which may just be a link to the place where I got it), some photos, and my notes on the recipe – what I’d change, what was really great, etc. Instead of feeling the need to WRITE about it, this will be more of a record of what I’ve made and how I liked it. I realize this will probably be not all that exciting to read, but it means I will probably post more often!
And now, on to the jam. I made and froze some strawberry jam last month, but I didn’t really want to deal with the whole canning thing – it just seemed like a hassle. Then I happened to read a lot more about canning (it’s the season, I think), and I changed my tune! This jam is yummy – not the best strawberry jam I’ve ever had, but good. I wasn’t as focused on the actual jam as much as the process of canning. Now that I’ve tried it, I can pay more attention to what’s going in the jars!
Beginner Strawberry Jam
4.5 cups crushed strawberries (a 1/2 flat, minus about a pint of yucky berries)
2.5 cups sugar
1 box No Sugar Needed Sure-Jell (in the pink box)
- Top and halve the berries. Crush them, about a cup at a time, with a potato masher. Put them in a stockpot.
- Get all your canning stuff set up and ready to go!
- Mix 1/4 cup sugar and the box of Sure-Jell. Add this mixture to the strawberries.
- Bring the berry mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the rest of the sugar and return to a boil. Boil for one minute, stirring constantly. Skim foam off top and discard (or save to put on your toast in the morning! Yum.)
- Pour into waiting jars, and process using the boiling-water canning method.
- Ta-da! Strawberry jam, in happy little jars.