Sunday, July 3, 2011

Quick & Easy Homemade Strawberry Jam

Strawberries...Strawberries...oh, how we love strawberries. We eat them dipped in granulated sugar, we eat them dipped in whip cream, in milkshakes, in fruit salad, in muffins, and in jam.

Strawberries are on sale at Aldi now for $.99 per pound. Oh yes ma'am. We buy a slew of strawberries at this price. We will eat a bunch now, use some for baking, and freeze some for the winter months.

Just recently, I spotted a "neat" looking recipe for Strawberry Jam and just HAD to try it. Three simple ingredients and no preservative packets involved. A healthy way to make some jam. What a super creative way to help fulfill your recommended daily allowance for fruit.

Another wonderful recipe from my Everyday Food magazine. Thank you Martha!

Quick & Easy Homemade Strawberry Jam

Clean and core your strawberries.

Cut up your strawberries in smaller pieces.

Put strawberries into a large and deep skillet/ pan. Add sugar and juice of 1/2 a lemon.

Cook on medium-high heat. The strawberries will start to break down.

Get your potato masher and go-to-town. Mash to desired consistency. We like our jam chunky. Jam will thicken and bubbles will completely cover the top...about 9-10 minutes.

Put into jar or container. I use a Ball container. (It is a hard plastic container for canning.) Let it cool. Store in frig.

Quick & Easy Homemade Strawberry Jam
Adapted from Everyday Food

2 pounds strawberries
1 cup sugar
juice of 1/2 lemon

Wash and core 2 pounds of strawberries. Cut them into small chunks. Put strawberries in a large deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat. Mash strawberries until desired consistency. Jam will thicken and bubbles will completely cover surface, 9 to 10 minutes. Transfer jam to a jar and let cool to room temperature. (To store, seal jar and refrigerate, up to 10 days). **I have kept my strawberry jam for more than 10 days**

*Side note* Martha uses a food processor instead of cutting the strawberries. Therefore, she doesn't use a potato masher either. If you are interested in her method, click on the link I have posted above.

This jam is not super sweet but, my kids love it. This is the second batch I have made this summer and I am sure it won't be the last.

Summer strawberry dishes...Kristi

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